Today, I want to show you one of these examples, and tell you a little bit of what I did to get from the original to the final result.
This (original) image was taken in Foster City, in the inlet facing Coyote Point. If you come out to kite-board or watch the kite-boarders, this is where they lay out their gear to dry, or set-up. The sunset that day didn't quite have the deep color in it, so... I gave it some help.
At this stage things were looking pretty good, but now things felt too washed out. I turned down exposure a tad.