I remember spending good half an hour deciding whether I like that frame
rather than that frame:
Emotion is the thing. Is the story more real on that one or on the other. It’s a slight difference but atmosphere tell the story so it must not be changed even for a millimeter.
But compared to what, it must not be changed if the image is there as representing reality? Born from the context how can photography question the authenticity of one? How can a frame be true or less true; can it?
Yes. The thing is you are transferring only true emotion. The atmosphere is what you are editing.
On its own, one is never poetic. It can only posses those delicate qualities that at special moment enable us to understand a thing that we have never understood before and not in such a delicate way.