OH I know ... I know!
I ranted about editing just a bit ago, saying take that shot, make it perfect, be...a true perfectionist.
Here is a sample of a before [above] and after editing [below]. I used a graduated filter in PaintShopProX7 to give the sky a bit more of a punch and the water a bit more blue.
The shot below is what is looked like to me in my mind's eye.
I like to change things up and sometimes when I take a fall or winter photo all the colors just seem wrong.
What I see in my eyes is not what the camera shows me no matter how hard I work at it.
For example, I was out in the pasture the two days ago and the lighting was subdued but the colors were absolutely brilliant.
There is not much difference between the Original here and the edit. Just enough added warmth added in Viveza 2, from the Nik Collection. [The Nik Collection is free for download now as they are not developing it any further.]
More of a difference here. The yellows are more defined without the saturation becoming too offensive. This is more how my 'eyes' saw it. However, my camera is set to 'natural' and doesn't 'up' the saturation. There are settings on most cameras that allow you to take jpegs on a more colorful setting.
Here is two of our elderly donkeys. On the left is Princess and on the right is Emma.
I took this shot into ON1, a program that is now my favorite.
I took a bit of liberty with how I wanted this image to brighten up.
And then there was Julie...she was kind enough to pose again.
I thought the clouds and the skies were fantastic and needed to be brought out in the photo.
For this edit, I used PaintShopProX7 and Topaz Adjust 5. I edited the sky and the foreground separately.
And then one more edit. Julie's colors seem dim in this shot now. So I went back and did a bit of dodging on her body...
I do edit. I like to keep it somewhat realistic unless I am going for something completely odd and fun.
There you go. Fall color edits with donkeys as my star models.