The original photo taken at the Dandenong’s (VIC, Aust). You can see fire has hollowed out the tree. I liked the contrast in colours from the black wood and green re-growth and the fact that even after the fire the trees have continued to grow strong.
FIRST:I like the framing of the pic so am not going to crop anything but find the colours a bit dull and flat.
SECOND: I enhanced the photo a little by bringing out the colours a bit so they weren't as flat. I think the greens and browns are more bright now.
THIRD: I enhanced the contrast a little so to show of the play of light more and obviously to enhance the contrast more between the light and dark colours.
FOURTH: I actually liked the photo after the third step but I wanted to make it look a bit more mystical, like fairies could live in the hollowed out tree. To do this I added a bit of soft glow affect to make the light/white.... well softer and luminescent.
FIFTH: even though it was contrast of colours from green, brown and black that I like, I was curious to see how this would look in black and white.
So colour or black or white? My final choice is in the Gallery section.