I really believe straight-out-of-camera images compared against the edited image is something that is very eye opening to many.
While I strive to be as natural as I can with my imagery, sometimes there are certain things that take away from the image. I saw this vine wrapped around this limb last week, and in my mind, I envisioned isolating it from the surrounding scene, and really showing the curved vine and have that be the focus. Well, I was standing outside in the cold with muck boots and frankly, I wasn’t about to cut all the other limbs off to achieve my vision…. so instead, I made my vision through the use of PhotoShop. It’s still the same image, but the slight changes give the composition a much better feel.
Here’s the before….
What was done? Cropped in closer, cropped to make the in-focus area more into the rule of thirds…. popped the color, removed a limb… added contrast, a little dodging/burning.