This is something from my backlog taken as winter was making it’s last stab at the world, fighting desperately for one more day of life. I never really thought much of the image until I toned down the exposure of the sky and saw the fantastic textures of the clouds, as well as the ghostly trees whispering against the horizon. I remember walking along the exposed banks from a river significantly low after a dry winter, bundled in a coat against the clammy weather of a dwindling day, and feeling there must surely be a photograph here somewhere.
There was, but it took me 6 months to discover it.
To get this effect, I dropped the Light tones all the way to -100 and increased the Darks to +87. Adjusting highlights up to 37 helped to bring out the texture in the sky. I increased saturation of orange and yellow, and also added yellow and orange split toning to the highlights and shadows.
In a blatant attempt to increase my Facebook followers, I’ve posted a high resolution version of this image over there and it will be available nowhere else. Check it out here.