Emerson's rezday was in early November, so I made a portrait for him. I thought it might be interesting to produce a before and after version that shows the cleanup work I do on the raw image before doing any artsy stuff. It is probably most noticable around the edges of his vest, but I also smoothed out some shadows and removed a flaming marshmallow near the bottom. (Don't ask.)
Below are the before/after pics and the final version.