Sorry for the delay again, school can be a pain.
#27 was an attempt with failure, while #29 is another attempt with failure. I walked back over to the same loop-like form of water to try and re-compose the image I had shot before. The fog in this area of Grand Prismatic was still holding strong and stuck around for a while, keeping a beautifully abstracted background.
However, if my memory serves, I used a polarizer on this photo. I could be wrong, but it could explain why the loop-of-water doesn’t stick out very much.
Now, I don’t really process my landscape photos all that much. I do the usual color adjustments and I typically desaturate ever-so slightly to make the scene look more natural and less stylized. I could have dodged or burned the loop-of-water in the middle to bring it out more (dodging would have been the move), but it would have taken away from the naturalistic idea I strive for.
Much like the slanted panorama, it’s a bit of stubbornness that comes out. I’ve found that many landscape photographers tend to be pretty stubborn in their ways. Rightfully so, but sometimes it could harm them in the long-run. I can’t even get myself to do a content-aware fill on that panorama, even though it will look perfectly fine. It just feels wrong as a straight-photographer. All of my studies of landscape and of the “greats” of the f64 group have put me into the mentality — while not a bad mentality, it can affect how I approach image-making.