Elsewhere, the snow fell slowly as fat, fluffy flakes accumulating and covering everything with a soft, beautiful white blanket.
Along the shore of the lake, tiny flakes swirled from dark foreboding skies forming a ghostlike creature for a fleeting second before dissipating into the bitter cold air as white rain.
A phantom was forming as the abandoned boat slowly sank deeper below the eerily calm surface of the dark lake.
I went out to capture "my" abandoned boats as the snow was falling heavily at my house, only to be disappointed upon arrival, once again. There was no snow at the lake and the conditions were terrible: no light, no colors.
However, my subject - the rowboat - had become fabulously dramatic in its near death so I captured it as best I could.
How I miss the darkroom and analog film! I wanted to dodge and bring out the whites in the bottle and the chipped paint on the bow I wanted to burn the lake at the top of the photo to make it darker. But I couldn't get it done in Photoshop Elements. I struggled for hours (because I'm not good at that software) getting very frustrated.
Then I remembered I had a free trial of Luminar. With just a few clicks I was able to transform a poor quality photo into something interesting using their preset "noir" , the vignette function as well as some clean-up tools like cloning.
Here's the original. What do you think?