This is more probably a result of different monitor calibrations as there no "over-brightness" in the water
I meant post-process gradient, to tone down a corner of less interest.
the clouds are pretty well defined, in fact in the translation perhaps a tad too much so.
If you think "definition" equates "clipping" then you've made an absolute master-conversion...
I did not mean it as an atmospheric image but as a portrait of cypress trees.
Would be a good reason to separate the forest from the trees then no? But I wasn't referring to the trees themselves, I was referring to their base. The lower part of the image. The tree trunks kind of blend in the darkness where a bit more separation might (I repeat: MIGHT) create some more interest. Whether it actually does create more interest, either for me, you, or anyone else, I obviously don't know. I also don't care to discuss it if snarky remarks is the collective idea of open-minded conversations about composition and rendition.