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Too much editing? What do you think of these sunset photos?

Doppler

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Hello!

I don't normally edit my photos that much - tiny adjustments to the shadows and highlights, a little vibrance, saturation, and clarity, and some slight HSL adjustments is all I do. With these sunsets though, I went full crazy and used almost everything available in photoshop; even the tricky Dehaze tool! The result is this.
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Now the question is, is this too much editing? Would love to hear your thoughts. Thanks!
 

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Really like first and third, although they would be better with the horizon leveled...
 
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... although they would be better with the horizon leveled...
I am glad you pointed that out. I actually thought I did that, I guess I failed. Somehow I am always finding it very difficult to get a level horizon and the fact that my MA never seems to be level with the horizon doesn't make it easier. In the photos you mention, I used the strip of land that looks like a peninsula as the reference point for leveling the horizon. I am guessing I am going about this the wrong way. So here is another question. How exactly do I get the horizon leveled in post?
 

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How exactly do I get the horizon leveled in post?
Use the measure tool to trace the horizon
Then click on Straighten Layer
 
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I don't quite follow 🤔. I think I will search for a YouTube tutorial; I am sure there is one.
 
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Its a beautiful insanity, but you loose a lot of depth to the picture when you the melt the colors like this.

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