Over and over again I am surprised at what I learn during the editing process. I see new possibilities and missed opportunities that I’ll hopefully see more clearly next time I’m in the field. So as much work as going through your images is… and it certainly is a lot of work for me since I don’t usually have large blocks of time to devote to the digital darkroom, organizing, processing and exporting… the self critique is invaluable to my education as a photographer. I see how I framed the original image and can still see how I might have framed it differently, remembering the light and other elements I intentionally removed from the frame. I can often still feel the temperature, the wind and sounds at the time I pressed the shutter. Revisiting and looking again brings back those memories, often focusing my intent, but timing is everything for me. I need to be away from the images and the experiences just long enough so the experience does not prejudice my ranking of those images in the grander scheme of my work.
Image of pine forest rebirth in Yosemite National Park, November 2010