I was in a super sparkly mood when I did this one and wanted to see if I could make something a little over the top that felt like - well - a ray of light. I was looking to express the end of anxiety, and the hope that things are getting better.
First I boosted the color with saturate (this is fast becoming my favorite edit), then I used a bokeh filter for sparkle. I wasn't sure what Dodge and Burn did, but I see them talked about frequently in a photography newsletter I get. Turns out that they essentially make things darker or lighter in specific areas, vs. using an overall exposure adjustment. I'm sure that's an overly simple explanation, but I'm not an expert. I made the bottom of the middle cloud a little darker, and lightened up the sunburst, and the top left clouds just a bit. And there you have it!
I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. What do you think? Leave a comment and let me know!