From this

to this:

A scene taken at Cypremort State Park in Louisiana earlier this year, looking out over the Gulf of Mexico.

The first image is essentially as the scene looked but I wanted, for printing, to create an altogether more moody view. By applying a linear contrast curve in Canon Digital Photo Professional, I radically darkened the image and brought out the highlights. A little further brightness and contrast adjustment, cropping and resizing, printing on matte paper and I ended up with the image that is now hanging on our living room wall. I am very happy with it – one for next year's art show! 🙂