Grey Skies Over Panama
I figured I start off with a suitably darker image since it’s Monday and the usual start of a work week. The sky is what I dealt with a lot while I was in Panama and I think it fits a Monday well.
Editing wise I did a bit of a departure from my normal routine. I had every intentions of making this a black and white image but it was too dark and there was very little separation in the tones. This meant a lot more dodging and burning then I was prepared to do with potentially limited returns. Still, I liked the sky that came with the black and white conversion.
It was then I made a choice and just did an opacity mask to get the effect out of the sky that I was looking for. I rarely use them but in this case it made perfect sense. Once I had the mask where I wanted it I still needed some dodging to get the hill to separate and a bit on the shoreline. Once I had that I called it done.