My two days on the bay included no clear skies, so I set about shooting for mood, taking advantage of the mist. This 6 am picture shows the difficulty I faced in processing. There’s almost no color in the scene, and as I worked to punch up what color there was, I got more and more blue. The pale pink-orange behind the distant mountains is the only sign that there’s a color other than blue. Making a virtue of necessity, I produced this:Adobe Lightroom has a great batch of presets that can send you into a new direction, or give you a fresh perspective on your photos. In this case, I used a colored black and white treatment that mimics selenium toning. Converting metallic silver to silver selenide stabilized the metals, improving the longevity of prints. It gave a slight color cast that could range from reddish brown to purplish brown, and it could be used to soften the look of a print by bringing down the highlights.
Lightroom’s version of selenium gives a vague bluish cast to the image, and I haven’t played with changing that yet. In this one, after running the preset, I increased the exposure a bit, because the original file is pretty dark, and I added a slight vignette, because I think the dark corners push your vision back into the center of the image. I thought about brightening the boat, but I decided I like the very black anchor that it gives the picture, which would otherwise be a pale, vague, hard to look at image.