When I encounter scenes like this, I sometimes think back to my film days, before computers and tools like Photoshop and Lightroom were commonplace and affordable. I would have had to live with this composition as it was, or force a tighter crop in camera or during printing. In those days, this image, straight out of the camera, would not have held the same allure for me. It wouldn't have been as immersive a visual experience, for the reasons listed above.
Back then, the closest I would have gotten to full control would have been shooting and processing/printing in black and white. But thanks to technology (and - admittedly my own interest), my creative process extends far beyond framing, cropping and exposure control. I have complete control over the final image before, during and after the shutter clicks. I'll be honest - that's a bit of a rush for me. I feel a tiny bit like Ansel Adams, from pre-visualizing the final image to actually making it a reality after the exposure. I will happily spend as much - sometimes more - time processing the images than I spent in the field capturing them.
I process virtually everything I shoot - or at least everything I intend to show publicly. I'm not ashamed of this, though some call it "cheating" and espouse the virtues of a final image SOOC. To me, post processing is an extension of the creative workflow, and a very important extension, at that. Every image I capture is in RAW format (with a few exceptions when using my iPhone - and even then, it's a rare occurrence).