I'm in a dilemma every time a process a photo in photo shop. I know that in photography keeping the realistic touch is sooooo important but I've always loved strong colours. Every time I start tuning the a/b curves on Lab I always find myself faced with the same question: Keep the photo and the colours realistic or make the it to be exactly the way I like it to be although a bit exaggerated? I put this as an example: I love the colours in this pic but a few friends say that it's too obvious the image has been altered. In other words, on my way of becoming better should indulge in my own taste's urges or grow inside the limits of the "rules" that make a good photo?