I did this a couple of days ago and forgot to post it.
I duped the BG and ran the JtD Polarizer 2 CM action (from DPReview Actions v06a). Set the opacity of the new layer to 100% and added a mask and painted the lower half of the image back in.
Loved the initial picture and thought it deserved some retouching to bring it out even more. Here's what I did.
Duplicated the layer twice and hid the top layer.
The water in the foreground lacked definition so I added a curves adjustment layer to bring out some of the blue better and define some of the ripples better. I added a layer mask with a b&w gradient to effect only the water.
I then added a rosy hue to the sky and the background to give it some dynamism. I realise that I have strayed from the true image, but I thought a bit of artistic liscence was called for to really make the sky stand out. I used a technique similiar to using a traditional lens filter. Again I masked out the bottom half.
The top layer was revealed and a high pass filter of 10 with a blend mode of soft light at around 66% opacity was added.
Flattened and saved for web - JPG 50% quality to comply with forum reg's (lost some quality in the flattening)
Great photo though, The background almost looks like a picture postcard rather than an actual photo. Blew me away.
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