Looks good Preston. A lot more natural. Frameable.
Question, is there water in this picture? Just below center there is a horizontal line with vertical lines crossing the horizontal. Like reflections of the rock fissures on water. But then again there's horizontal lines above and below that line. Probably a geologists playground.
Pictures like this are really thought provoking on how the earth evolved, how it was, and is still, being formed.
I didn't see the original but I like this one, Preston. The lower right looks green to me. One minor nit that I have is that the area just above said green area is a bit bright in relation to the rest of the image.
Preston, can't comment on the comparison because I didn't see the previous version. Here is my critique of this image:
1) High sun is creating harsh shadows visible dead center and over the patch of grass in the foreground and patch of lighter grass in the middle ground. I find the shadows take away from the composition.
2) Grass in foreground is about a stop too dark so details aren't readily visibile as they would be if you were standing right there. If you were right there, that grass would be appear "brighter" as your eyes adjusted to the change in lighting and contrast from parts of the image that are not in shadow. So not sure this as natural a looking scene as what you were actually looking at. (Not sure I am making sense but something that I think HDR software would readily address)
3) Subject rock structure is ok but made nicer with your angle of view emphasizing the curvature.
4) The brighter patch of grass in middle ground wouldn't look as out of place if the foreground grass were as bright or brighter.
Yes, I'm glad i did look at the original. I'm sticking to what i said about the original in that I like it alot. The high contrast and saturation is very realistic if you have been to one of these places in high noon. What a cool place for polarized sunglasses...
and yes, things are ok, thanks. BTW, tust bought a new D7000, after a tortuous internal debate between that and the D600.
Well, I guess I didn't notice the nits until they were pointed out.
Sometimes I would like to change reality. All, I can say is that I felt there was something "wrong" with the original. Somehow, it looked fake. Hard to explain.
When I first saw this image, I felt like I was there.
After reading the other comments: 1) As long as the crop stays the same I could live with it as is. Crop it down to the bottom half, and I would have a real issue with the yellow. 2) I don't have a problem with the lower right grass. Brightening it might distract from the rest of the image. 3) If I wanted to do anything, it might be to reduce the brightness of the yellow area a tad. That might help with the yellow area and its contrast with the darker grass.
But, if you'd like to print it, and frame it, I'll hang it on my wall any day.