I indirectly learned a valuable lesson with this photo. Bottom-line is don't rush to post-process a photo I took the same day for posting. The other day, I posted a HDR panorama photo from a cliff-side, actually nearly the same spot as this photo. That photo was a very challenging post-processing project, and I tried to rush out a version taken the same day. The other problem is I didn't work on it until after 10pm, so I was working very fast, but the result was not very appealing. The next day after I posted that photo I was very disappointed with it. Trying to combine multiple images sequences into a good pano is hard enough, I then added the complexity of blending 5 images for each section. In the future, I've decided I will not rush out a photo from the same day, especially one that was so complicated as that one. If I want to post an image that day, then I have plenty of others sitting in an already edited queue I can use. I need to take the proper time for the photos to sink in and zero in on the "right" images to work on. That day when I got done shooting, I was excited about the pano and was going to do it whether I should've or not.
Now let me talk about today's image a bit vs. focusing on one that's not even in this post. As I stated, this was taken at the same area, but the light was better, and I took my time to see what I wanted to accomplish with this photo. This is from one image with some post-processing in Lightroom and Perfect Effects 8. I also brought it into Photoshop to remove a fence that went along the edge of the cliff in the flat area to the left (call me a cheater, I don't care. I didn't like the fence so I waved my magic "content aware" wand and made it go away). I really like this photo, in fact, it may be my favorite so far of this new year. The sky is more natural, and I gave it a soft look to match the windy day that was blowing the grass all over the place.
I was very tempted to start deleting all the posts with the HDR pano, but I decided to leave it alone. It is a record of a valuable lesson learned for the future.