I gave myself a limit of five minutes per photo to see how much editing I could get done. Any more time than that and I start getting too finicky or else I end up overdoing it.
Check the “natural” edits of lighting and crops that I’ve done on some old shots of Montreal:
The challenge here was the contrast of lighting between the brick walls and the backlit sign. I ran out of time with this, but it definitely could swallow several tedious hours of my life.
Focus was the focus (heh) here, with trying to maintain lighting. I’m really bummed it was so cloudy when I took this picture but the clouds lend themselves to help blur the background. I’m hoping to print this and gift it so it may need a little more work.
One major flaw of trying to take a picture of a building that happens to be the same color as the background (sky) is that trying to distinguish foreground is tasking. Thankfully, this one turned out pretty nice.