Which one of these versions of El Capitan in Yosemite Valley do you prefer?
Pictured Above; The original version: El Capitan reflected in the Merced River, Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, California
Can you help me, please? Over the last month I’ve been sharing images from my recent blog post that highlighted My Favorite Landscape Photos of 2016. One of those images was this shot of El Capitan reflected in the Merced River, Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park. Now I have two versions of this image, but only one version can go into my Yosemite Portfolio Gallery Collection. My question to you is simple: Which version do you prefer? If you also wish to share why you like one better than the other, I would be delighted to hear that as well.
When I was first processing this image, I did it how it came out of the camera, looking at the reflection with El Capitan upside down (as seen in the photo above). On a whim, I wondered what it would look like if El Cap was seen right-side-up. In a way, I kind of liked how it looked, with the clumps of grass hanging in the ‘sky’ similar to how clouds would naturally appear in the scene. This was how I presented it in my “Best of” blog post:
But alas, I’m just not sure if I like it enough to keep the reversed view, or include the original as-shot view in my gallery.
So, which version of the image do you think I should add to the collection: the original upside-down or the post-processed flipped one? Thanks so much in advance for sharing your valued opinion.
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Gary Crabbe is an award-winning commercial and editorial outdoor travel photographer and author based out of the San Francisco Bay Area, California. He has seven published books on California to his credit, including “Photographing California; v1-North”, which won the prestigious 2013 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Gold Medal award as Best Regional title. His client and publication credits include the National Geographic Society, the New York Times, Forbes Magazine, TIME, The North Face, Subaru, L.L. Bean, Victoria’s Secret, Sunset Magazine, The Nature Conservancy, and many more. Gary is also a photography instructor and consultant, offering both public and private photo workshops. He also works occasionally a professional freelance Photo Editor.