The sun cuts through the foggy morning over the city of Boston. I like to give my photos a little something extra. Some may say that I have taken it too far and the photo no longer accurately represents the scene. I think that photography, for editorial purposes should be pretty straight forward. Even some photos that I would call artistic are really representations of a moment caught in time with a camera. That is what is moving about them. That moment remains true and that is what is moving about the photo. Other times, however, – about 90% of the time for me – I like to put my own bent on the subject. I add a little bit of myself or the mood I was in when taking the photo or even processing it. Sometimes the music that I listen to as I work on photos has a lot to do with the final outcome. Either way, this is part of the fun for me – transforming a static photo into something a little more personal. In the photo below, the fog and my first morning in the busy city were all hitting my senses and I really saw this scene as much more dramatic than the people around might have. I tried to convey that in the final photo. The colors are toned down and the fog is enhanced. I only rarely add elements to photos that didn’t exist in the first place, but it all depends. I added no “effects” to this shot other than color toning and selective contrast. It is a 3-shot bracketed handheld HDR. I would never be able to capture both the details in the buildings and the sun bursting through the fog in one shot.