Why is editing not cheating - part 2

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Dutch Newchurch
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Why is editing not cheating - part 2
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Straight out of camera equivalent.  Shot in raw.  Processed in LR, with default settings.

And, with some editing in photoshop, and adjusting the settings in lightroom, and importing an new sky:

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's last resting place.

It's not much more than a quick snapshot, but I prefer the edited version.

There are no rules, so no cheating.

In the days of chemical photography, the image would have been adjusted with a bit of dodging and burning.

Now I describe it like this.

Same raw file.  First raw conversion, with settings for the scene as a whole, exported to photoshop.  Second raw conversion, optimised for the face and top of the grave stone, exported to photoshop and layered above the first.  All but the face and top of the grave stone masked; 'normal' blending mode.  Third raw conversion, to enhance the name on the grave stone, exported to photoshop and layered above the second.  All masked, but the lettering; 'multiply' blending mode.  Another image from the same location and time converted to optimise the clouds in the sky.  Exported as the fourth layer.  50% opacity.  All but the sky roughly masked or deleted.  'Darker colour' blending mode.  New fifth layer added.  50% grey; 'soft light' blending mode.  Large, soft, black brush, at 15% opacity used to add a vignette.

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