This is partly Lightroom’s idea. When I go to adjust a photo, I often click Lightroom’s Auto button to see what it thinks the photo should look like. Frequently the results are horrible, but sometimes they’re a great starting point for further exploration, taking me in a direction I might not have thought of otherwise. Such is the case here. The original is much lighter than this, less contrasty, perhaps a bit bland. Lightroom punted me toward this dramatic, moody version, which I tweaked further (can’t let Lightroom take all the credit) into something I think is pretty cool. (By the way, the smooth water is from a 30-second exposure, courtesy of a 10-stop neutral(ish) density filter.)
Oh, right, almost forgot. Duck Island is a tiny island just offshore in Seattle’s Green Lake Park. This photo is from near the walking/jogging/cycling/rollerblading/etc path around the lake, which was as usual packed with people. You’d never guess that, would you?