Straight from the camera
       
     
Finished Edit - The Real Deal
       
     
Creative License
       
     
Straight from the camera
       
     
Straight from the camera

After crawling inside the huge tree trunk, I was struck by the lines and texture of the slowly decaying tree.

This image is the un-retouched original, taken with my new 24mm Tilt-Shift lens.  The lens allowed changing the axis in such a way as to bring both near and far into sharp focus.

Finished Edit - The Real Deal
       
     
Finished Edit - The Real Deal

My post-editing version, where I tried to enhance the tones and richness of the wood, and the texture.

Cropping allowed me to remove the uninteresting elements of the shot and focus the viewer on the wood tones, and to keep the viewers eye moving over the image (due to lack of central focus point).

Creative License
       
     
Creative License

As mentioned earlier, I really liked the lines and tones of the image and yet I wanted something more likely to fit nicely over my taupe section, which occupies a long wall in my living room.

The result is a surreal and vibrant image that hardly resembles the original.