I've always found with photography that what always comes out of camera is quite shy of the actual (or remembered) experience. My background in Psychology informs me that this is because what I "remember" and what I experience are heavily filtered - think of your brain as an auto-photoshop: you're doing level corrections, contrast enhancements and a bunch of other stuff in your head (much of which is NOT available in photoshop) in every waking second of visual experience and internalization.
A camera just can't do that. But with Photoshop it's possible to create an image that sort of reminds your brain what it remembers (if you can remind something to remember). This is the first image I've ever taken out a plane window that does the memory justice. And a square crop, to boot!
Sure enough, just as I post this I see this from @KW_Daddio on Twitter: http://kentweakley.com/blog/know-what-your-camera-can-not-do/