Sometimes as a photographer, I can get caught up what's right in front of me, which, in this picture's case it was this beautiful grate. I could have photographed that--but behind it was something even prettier!
The first picture is the SOOC (Straight Out Of the Camera)--the second was edited. You might wonder--what do you do to it? I always edit it first in Adobe Camera RAW, then I pull it into Photoshop and run some actions that I've built. For non-Photoshop users, an "action" is a series of steps that you create within Photoshop. When you create an action and run it on the photo, it will apply those steps exactly as you recorded previously. I typically always adjust the levels, contrast, sharpness, saturate the color a little and a few other things.
I like my photos bright (as you can see the difference between each of the photos!). Sometimes I underexpose them when I shoot (as you can also see on the left), but it's easily correctable in Photoshop. I also love color. I don't change the color in Photoshop--I just enhance it, by a little saturation or if it's too yellow or something like this, I correct the color.
This was taken in Istanbul at the Hagia Sophia. It is a remarkable place. You should go if you ever get a chance!
Enjoy your weekend!