"I go out into the world. I take a photograph. I give it to you as the equivalent of what I saw and felt." -- Alfred Stieglitz
In other words, it is not enough for a photograph to reflect what any random person might have seen, but it should reflect what the artist saw in his mind's eye and the feelings the scene evoked.
Ansel Adams might add something to that quote, such as: the time to decide how to post-process an image is ideally before the shutter button is pressed. The image should be, if possible, visualized prior to lifting the camera to your eye.
A lot of times color and texture can make or break a message that is being conveyed in a photo. I had the opportunity to take some photos at a 1950's - 1970's style summer camp. When I started taking photos at the camp, I was taken back to a period of time when I went to this camp as a kid. Nothing had changed in the last 30+ years. I envisioned this scene in Kodachrome Color Positive Film. So, when I sat down to post-process the image, I had to pull out the Kodachrome filter from DxO. The color and film grain make this an image that could have been captured 40 years ago or today. Without the color and grain, it is just a digital image that is firmly rooted in the 21st century. With the Kodachrome processing I am a kid again.
Left: Before Kodachrome Processing
Right: After Kodachrome Processing via DxO
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