One of the benefits to keeping pictures that were taken years earlier, is that you learn a lot about editing over time. This photo was taken in Saline back in 2016 and I’d passed over it at the time. But with some creative cropping and better editing knowledge I was able to make something with it that I liked. (The original photo was landscape in orientation, and the background was much lighter.)
There’s a lot of debate I’ve seen about whether a “good” photographer edits their photos, and while I do believe there’s plenty who take it too far, I don’t think it’s possible to create a photo you’re 100% happy with right out of the camera. Not if you understand the available tools sitting on your computer. Being able to tweak colors, lighting, cropping, etc. can really make the difference. Especially with a capture that you weren’t originally happy with.
Exposure: 1/800 seconds
Focal Length: 117mm