Below is the original image (with distractions) — added as a result of the comments
The top image tries to follow the ‘rules’ from photo podcast #46 where we talked about distracting elements in photographs. This is a shot of a dog sleeping in a local convenience store. I spent about 15 minutes ‘cleaning up’ this photo. By cleaning up I’m specifically talking about removing distracting elements. In this case the distracting elements were brightness problems. I wanted the focus of the shot to be on the dog’s face and snout so I burned in (darkened) almost everything that was brighter than the face and snout. By doing this I’m actively guiding the viewer’s eye to where I want it to go.
Did I do a good job? Comments? Questions?