|Into the Mystic. Willoughby Hills, OH.|
When I put a camera up to my eye, my question is So what? I try to answer that question both as I compose a photograph and as I edit it later. Often, I've already composed the picture I want to take in my mind before I pick up the camera, but playing with cropping, colors, and shadows after the fact can bring about different images and evoke different emotions than what was first experienced at the scene. It's a lot of fun. I was about to throw away the image that became Sophia Calls the Cats (found here) - until I looked more closely, cropped about half the photo, and began to see something interesting emerge.
I see photo editing like I see make-up. You may know it's there, but it works best when it merely enhances beauty, not compete with it.