How much Photoshop work is too much?
I was happily processing my images from a recent trip to Athens when I came across this one:
This was taken in the area between the Plaka district and the Acropolis in a lovely neighborhood called Anafiotika. Tiny paths separate the colorful (although a bit worn) houses and the ancient Acropolis overshadows it all. Something about this image attracted me – not just for stock, but perhaps for wall art as well. But all those cables and shadows of cables and metal poles! And, of course, it is slightly skewed because it is taken uphill and so the window on the right leans away from the edge. When I used the Transform tool in Lightroom to straighten it, the window moved to the edge of the frame which didn’t look quite right. So off into Photoshop to see what I could do with all this mess. After around 90 minutes, I ended up with this:
Clean, tidy (not very representative of the original perhaps) and a much more pleasing image. The area around the light was particularly difficult and I had to invent part of the light that was obscured by cables and boxes. A new flag on the Acropolis completes it.
Now – was it worth the time and effort? In sales on the stock agencies, perhaps not – but I enjoyed it! What do you think – anything else I should change?