Although I try to be at the right place at the right time, in some instances the light just doesn’t cooperate. I backpacked for 4 days to this location and was at a high altitude location with storms coming in and out of the alpine basin. I scouted these locations and went back a few times to capture the photos at the best possible time, but just as with fishing, sometimes I fail to connect.
In the examples here the original captures just did not sing to me. I took the RAW files into Lightroom and processed the images, weighing my edits to paint light and dark in each of these scenes. The adjustment brushes work wonders for those times when the available light is a bit flat at the same time as the subject is at or close to prime.
Sometimes the brush was set to increase exposure, contrast, saturation, and clarity. Often the adjustment brush is set to saturation and to decrease exposure. Light painting. Dark painting. Saturation painting.
Click on the first image below and see the gallery of before and after images.