Charles Haacker wrote:So far everyone has said what I would have said! It is a gorgeous, Painterly picture (I overuse the term but it fits so often). Having both open in tabs and toggling I can see much of what you did, starting with inputting camera and lens data (boooOOOooinggg), sharpening, color correcting (warm sun-kissed granodiorites, cold snow capped trees)... It's a wonderful picture and a wonderful job finishing it. I've been doing some of that lately myself, digging in the archives to see what I can do better. That to me is one of the best things about digital!
I started this to see if I could make it better, and was curious if my 'style' had changed, but along the way I realized how important it is to go back and redo an image from the past. It shows a change in our skills, but also how we see and interpret the scene.
I often find I'm invested in the images I take and want to make them the best I can, but I'm biased having been there at the moment the image was taken and have a hard time moving it past what I saw. Stepping back though, after enough time has passed, has removed me from that emotion and allowed me to see it anew.
I'm not sure if one is better than the other, or if they are two different images now, but this has been a fantastic exercise with amazing help for everyone! S-