I was going through some old photos today in Lightroom, from waaay back when I had like, ONE memory card and had to shoot jpeg most of the time (gasp), and came across several images from the first Excellent Adventure camping trip that well, didn't seem to have the ooomph I was expecting, or remembered. For example, the image below was one of my most favorite shots of that first trip. Tom and I were in the canoe, and Tom's son, Rob, was paddling circles around us in his kayak. It was a beautiful night and the sunset was, well, stunning to me. I got the shot below using my old Fuji Finepix S9000. It was a relatively quick grab, other than trying to balance the exposure somewhat. And - when I looked at the image back then, I was really happy. EVERYBODY loved the photo.
But just today, I came acrose the image again and I realized it wasn't nearly what I wanted or remembered it to be. As I said, I had only shot this in JPG, so I wasn't sure how far I could take the image. I was worried about blowing out the highlights more (or worse, producing the dreaded grey highlights) and I wasn't sure how much shadow detail I had to work with.
But I figured, what the hell, I'd give it the old college try. I'm glad I did.