This is another from the "Lost Yosemite" series. This one started out as a stitched panorama however after a reflection I decided it had a fatal flaw. All the action is in the center. So out comes the crop tool and a square image results. This one I wish that I had a do-over on because the scene was full of potential. It is was taken during my first hour in Yosemite and I was just visually overwhelmed by the beauty.
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oh, it looked so lovely and damp there that day. i would love to visit yosemite some day!! i know what you mean about being visually overwhelmed at a location. sometimes it is almost harder to get a good shot in those locations than in one where you have to search and be creative. my last visit to the west coast resulted in 6 rolls of crappy photos (maybe i need to better learn photoshop to salvage a few). how could such a lovely location result in such a weird array of “trying too hard” photos. i failed to look at simple things, i guess. a good lesson. don’t hurry and take your time and keep it simple, i suppose! what a lovely locale. thanks for posting these “lost” photos!
Well, I certainly understand the feeling of coming home from a beautiful location and being disappointed in the results of my photos. I have heard many experienced photographers say that it is difficult to get good pictures of a new location when you first arrive. Plus, I have had the experience myself more than once.
My guess is that you had very little time to make your images and probably ‘unfortunate’ lighting. With that said, I would suggest that you take a second look at your pictures with fresh eyes. I have noticed that my tastes change over time. The image that I felt was my best falls from favor later on and an overlooked image becomes my new favorite. I will say as time goes by that I do tend to get harsher with my images.
Give it another go with your images and see if you like them better. If contrast is an issue, I suggest trying a HDR (high-dynamic range) image. You can scan an image for the shadows, midtones and highlights. Then, use Photomatix software (http://www.hdrsoft.com/) to put them together into an amazing final result. Most of my Yosemite images are HDR images and without that technique my trip would have been a loss.