These posts are always a favorite on social media, but the truth is... I'd rather not have dramatic before/after work. My goal is to get everything as close to finished in-camera as possible. Unfortunately, that isn't always the case. And, the "after" images are what makes each photographer unique. This is the place where we get to put our own personal touches on the image. Here are just a few of where I started to where I ended up in 2021. (I'll try to do a better job of collecting these images for next year.)
A few more examples of straight-out-of-camera (SOOC) images, after a preset was applied, and my final image.