Am I Cheating?

As I've been playing around with some new software I discovered a technique for easily adding some clouds to a cloudless sky by adding a Cloud Texture Layer to the sky.  Believe it or not, I've never "added" any clouds to my photos before despite the fact that I like to process my photos pretty heavily.  It was really easy and took me about 2 minutes.  I tried it on one of my favorite photos that unfortunately had a boring sky.  What are your thoughts?   You can see the original photo right below.

Valley of Fire State Park, Las Vegas, NV.  Shot with Canon 7D with 24-105mm 4.0L lens on tripod.  

Original photo from my Print Gallery.

Finally, A Photo from Home

I've been in a rut lately.  In combination of lousy weather here in Okinawa and my lack of creative ingenuity, I haven't been out to take much photos for several weeks.  It seems I can only dream of places I should go to wakeup my creative juices.  But the reality is, there are always opportunities for getting good photos, you just have to look for them.  As I was driving to work this morning, I was thinking that this was going to be another dull day without good skies and it will probably rain again.  As I am want to do, I had my camera bag in the car and decided I was going to stop by Toguchi Beach before heading into work and see what I could make out of it.  I started taking a closer look and saw that while it was overcast, there was enough details in the clouds to provide an interesting look.  The photo today is from a place I've photographed many times before and like to return too fairly often.  While this is still not the photo I envision from here, I like it nonetheless.  I am not always going to get the perfect scene; I need to put more effort in getting shots even if the weather isn't cooperating.