RAW Image - Sony NEX-7, 18-55mm Lens @ 18mm, 800 ISO,  f/4.5, 1/25s

Image processed in Adobe Lightroom 5:

Whitebalance Temp 3429°, Whitebalance Tint +2, Exposure +0.83, Contrast -14, Highlights -24, Shadows +90, White -7, Blacks -40, Clarity +5, Vibrance +12, Saturation -14, Red +9, Orange -18, Yellow -7, Green +33, Aqua +29, Blue +47, Purple +20, Magenta -40, Sharpening +87, Noise Reduction Color+ 36, Noise Reduction Luminance +56, Lens Profile Correction to remove vignetting, Cropping 0.92, Rotation 1.37, Post-Crop Vignetting -60

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!