A Bridge Too Far?
I was having fun at Henderson Falls late in 2015, and saw a beautiful detail - green moss (maybe liverworts - you experts can tell me) on a glistening black log, which I thought could make a great, basically simple image: a black-and-green diagonally divided rectangle, like a flag, but with the beautiful natural textures to enrich it.
Back at HQ, the reality of the capture fell short of the vision - know that feeling, perhaps? Sigh... ;-)
Just for fun, I set to work - for a long time, as it turned out! - trying to approximate what I'd seen in my mind's eye. The end result was my "flag". However, as I looked at it, I thought it departed so far from the reality that I have held off using the image or putting it in my portfolio, even though I do like it. Was it "cheating" too much? Am I true to my idea of showing the wonder of the world I saw, rather than what I might have seen, or wish I'd seen, but didn't?
My processing skills then were limited. I think I used the equivalent of LR (ACDSee Develop mode) for all but the final image, which only adds a mild vignette and a signature at bottom left, probably invisible on this FS post. This last step involved Edit mode, more like PS I think. I'd probably use a different technique now, but probably end up with much the same result.
You can scroll through the successive edits to see how it progressed - or not!
PS: I've added a further edit, the fifth beyond the SOOC version, taking it further still down the same path.