Updated per request to show before and after editing.
The other night we had an amazing view out the front of our house. It had briefly rained (if I remember correctly). The sun was lighting up the treeline, but it also was creating a huge rainbow. I don’t think I’ve ever seen one this wide, actually…
Updating with a before picture (this is basically how the camera captured the scene in JPG mode). I shoot in JPG + Raw, so I have both forms… So basically all I did to the one above was adjust the temp., increase the blacks, boost the clarity all in ACR. Then I brought it to CS3, ran a USM (sharpen), watermarked it, border, and resize for web. So not a whole lot of editing.
And then when I turned around to walk back to the house, I saw this amazing skyline from the back of the house. Simply gorgeous, huh?
These are the reasons I love living in the ‘country’! You just don’t get these views everywhere.
So as you can see, by editing, the main thing was that by increasing the blacks, I was able to show deeper colors and more depth.