I've been finding out all kinds of things my camera can do, as well as processing afterward, and I am just amazed. I think of Ansel Adams and what he would have done with the technology we have today, and really if he would have cared. Maybe not. But it is nice to have pretty much unlimited amounts of "film" that you can shoot, making for probably better photographers, as you can gain a lot of experience in a short time without paying for processing or chemicals and paper. The things you can do to photos afterward as well as shooting in HDR- high dynamic range, photographers and artists back in the day could only dream of. Photos above from Chumstick Mountain, and have been filtered in photoshop in various ways. Collages of images is something that has gotten much easier with technological improvements- as I am discovering myself through the magic of layers and textures in Photoshop. Sunset on Badger Mountain last night. I also shot this is in HDR, but didn't like it as much as this one which was just slightly modified in photoshop. Sometimes there is nothing better than the real thing.
I think of the processing afterward like putting makeup on the photo. Some photos- like women- are just as beautiful without any makeup on. But then sometimes processing afterward really helps and can give the image a whole other dimension. Thompson's Indian paintbrush, Castilleja thompsonii after getting a makeover.