I know I promised a non-HDR image but I figured I give it one more try. Another 2 hours of my life invested into this image. I am rather happy how this one came out. It doesn’t look overly HDR. I went in with the thought, its my image and my world. I’ll make it look like how I want. So I a rejected reality and substituted my own.
This represents a lot of tools, lots of brushes, lots of time tweaking. If I was to give it a percentage of how well I like it, I’ll give it a 95%. I even used a cross-processing filter for the first time in my life. It gave it the final finish I was wanting.
Hope you enjoy.