I haven't written anything, so sue me.
Here are two versions of the same photograph.
The first version is pretty much as it looks off of the camera. It's not spectacular. It's pretty, maybe, but nothing worth writing home about.
But the first version was a big disappointment; it has none of the emotional impact that afternoon sky put into my heart. If that makes any sense at all.
The old saying, "Photos don't lie" is itself a lie.
I saw this and went, "it's OK," but nothing more.
So in Photoshop Elements I added a "photo filter" with a red cast to it to enhance the reddish tones in that one layer of clouds that tells most of the story here.
That helped, but not much, so I added a neutral density "gradient filter" which adds a colorless gray tone to the whole photograph, just a little at the bottom, but gradually getting denser toward the top of the photo.
This has the effect of darkening the upper portion of the photo in a gradual progression which looks natural to the eye, if I did it right that is.
Although the second version is not strictly accurate to what the camera originally captured, it is MUCH more accurate to the emotional impact that the sky had on me that evening..
So, am I telling a lie by photoshopping the image? I don't think so.
If I did this right, your first view of the second image imparts into you a feeling similar to me standing there in awe of God's handiwork.
To me, that's as "honest" as I can make a picture; to convey to you how I felt standing there that day.