Why do I always feel slightly cheap when doing post-processing work on raw images? I mean which one of the two steps above do you think took more time, effort, dedication and vision to complete?
During the old film days, post-processing used to be considered as an art - just look at the work Ansel Adams (1902-1984), the co-inventor of the zone sytem, a process dedicated to shoot with low-contrast on film in order to be able to reproduce the best possible dynamic range in post-processing.
Probably the (ingeniously well designed) automatic contrast/color/sharpening that is silently applied to every single image the average person takes on a point-and-shoot camera, and the no-brain-slap-on-filters from Instagram are to blame that doing the post-processing yourself is nowadays considered to be a blatant attempt to make an image look better that it has the right to be...
Ok, enough of my ramblings :), now let's go outside and shoot some pictures!