I think of freedom when I see this one. Imagine you are stuck in your house bound to a wheel chair and all you want is the freedom to leave when you want, by yourself, without any hinderances or assistance. I could imagine staring at the ceiling praying for it to come crashing down and to be able to fly up out of my chair away. This house is all old and dilapitated but you can see where nature is coming in now that there is a way, with the ceiling being in a big pile on the floor, and it is green and fresh and full of life. I imagine the wishes of the occupant of the wheelchair finally brought the ceiling down and gave them wings.
i made an hdr out of 5 raw files using photomatix and processed it in photoshop using some nik filters (like cross processing for some parts of the image) and used a couple of adjustment layers (quite some curves and hue/saturation layers) as well as dodging and burning... finally sharpened the image a bit... total editing time was abaout an hour i think...
I can't photoshop anything, except to put text in or desat. . . But I think it's fine because I like "pure" images. The most work I think I'll get up to when I take it that far will be lightroom with some dodge and burn.
i do personally think that photoshop is very important nowadays because everybody gets more or less the same material using a digital camera. back in the days (or even still today) the appearance of an image could be influenced by the choice of the film. additionaly, people were able to do some magical stuff in darkrroms as well lol... I'm not a big fan of lightroom though, i only use it if i have to edit a lot of shots at the same time that only require minor adjustments. i can't work on an image without using layer masks for adjustment layers but all of that is just my opinion of course
Dodge and burn, dodge and burn. Terrific job on the shot, it looks great, only thing would be maybe a little more vignetting on the bottom left, so it matches to top left a little more and draws the eyes to the right where the chair is and away from the edges.