Everything I do, basically, starts out in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 and then goes (if needed) to Adobe Photoshop CS5 for any pixel bending that might be needed. If it's a straight image, the time spent in CS% (if any) is pretty minimal. The way it works out, about 90% of my images spend time in CS5. I guess that's because, like Jessica Rabbit, I'm drawn that way (oblique reference to a 1988 film titled "Who Framed Roger Rabbit"). I don't seem to be able to leave well enough (read that "good enough") alone. I guess some purists would say the 25 MPH Speed Limit sign that was the nearest object in the frame should have remained. "It was there in real life, so it should be there in the shot". To them I say BS. I don't create documental or historical imagery. In my own small way I create art. If someone working in oils on canvas were to paint the scene and, for aesthetic value, left out the sign, no one would bat an eye. If I were doing photojournalism I'd have to work with a set of fairly strict rules. I'm not. Again, I'm creating (in my mind) art. If you were standing across the street from this sidewalk park (as I was) and you were checking out the park (as I was), you'd look at it and never even notice the sign. It's incidental and of no importance to the scene. Therefore, it's outa here. As I said above, about 90% of my images get tampered with. If I did photojournalism, the stuff I shot would fall into the category of "spot news". Why? Because I took the shot when I was there. We typically go to the Maine coast each fall to do some shooting. We're there when we're there. We can't make the sky have beautiful clouds. It's Tuesday and the sky is bald. Do you put the camera in the bag and say "oh well, not today?". It's not like we live there and can walk out tomorrow and check if Wednesday is a great cloud day. We're there one week a year, take it or leave it. So, popping in a sky or taking out a speed limit sign, is not a problem to me. It's art! To see what else was removed from today's image, hit the "read more".