This photo is a perfect example of not deleting images because, at first review, they didn't look like they would be worth editing. I had left the Paradise Inn at 4:30am and headed to Reflection Lake to get a reflection shot of Mount Rainier. Rainier was visible from the Inn, but as I drove into the valley, a layer of clouds/fog covered it (see my shot of this from last week's blog post). Sure enough, when I got to Reflection Lake, I could barely see Rainier. Of course, being a never give up type of photographer, I shot a number of shots, not thinking that any of them would come out. I had to push the ISO to 6400 just to get some light.
When I looked at the images after I got home, I almost deleted them. Upon a second review, I thought that maybe I could get something out of them to make them presentable, not thinking that it was remotely possible. After editing it for a while, I began to see something that I thought was better than passable resulting in this image.
A lesson learned here is not to give up on an image too soon. Editing programs keep getting better and better, and editing skills do improve when you push the software.