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For overall tonal control, selective sharpness and overall color.

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More midtone contrast and raise midtone brightness. Nice shot.

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Opened midtones and played with the sand a little to give more character to the light and dark tones.

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Hey there,

to me, it just looks flat. There is nothing in it that makes it "pop" or zing.
 

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The two issues I see are the deep shadows on the near side of the rocks, and the reflections of the water blending in to the horizon. A polarizing filter would have helped a LOT, as would a G-ND. It's a nice shot, but as mentioned, lacks any real 'punch'.
 
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I would have killed for a CPL...grabbed two before I left and they were the two wrong sizes for the two lenses I had with me...I had the GND with me but didn't want the sky to go too dark...probably a good reason to get a .3 as well. The deep shadows don't register the same way in the original image so wonder if this is another jpeg compression issue.
 

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When in doubt...
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Gone there already, runnah...may have to redo the color version as I think there is still a good image in there.
 

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Here's what I was thinking on how to make the best of the shot. Just my Opinion is all..

PS out the rocks on the top right as they were just sticking out. I would have cloned out the stuff in the bottom right but, again, just my opinion.
Cropped the picture to give you more of a diagonal with the rocks.

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Temp +12
Exposure +52
Highlights +57
Shadows +48
Whites -21
Blacks -5
Clarity +21

Grad Filter
From the top to the top of the 2nd rock on the bottom
Exposure -57 to bring out more blue in the sky
Contrast +64
Clarity -52 (softened the light off of the water)
Saturation +40

Brush for just the 3 rocks in the bottom
Exoposure +48
Contrast -7
Highlights -10
Shadows +7
 

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Here's what I was thinking on how to make the best of the shot. Just my Opinion is all..

PS out the rocks on the top right as they were just sticking out. I would have cloned out the stuff in the bottom right but, again, just my opinion.
Cropped the picture to give you more of a diagonal with the rocks.

Overall
Temp +12
Exposure +52
Highlights +57
Shadows +48
Whites -21
Blacks -5
Clarity +21

Grad Filter
From the top to the top of the 2nd rock on the bottom
Exposure -57 to bring out more blue in the sky
Contrast +64
Clarity -52 (softened the light off of the water)
Saturation +40

Brush for just the 3 rocks in the bottom
Exoposure +48
Contrast -7
Highlights -10
Shadows +7

I think your crop works better and as is would also clone out the logs. The rocks are somewhere between mine and yours. I did the sky a different way and think yours is too blue but again, there's a happy medium in there somewhere. I'm still working on finding that happy place. Nice edit, Thanks for taking the time.
 

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I am not sure why landscape photographers shoot early in the morning or sunset. Rotanimod.. chime in?

I've found myself not even bothering unless its right at dawn or dusk.
 

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