Okay so here is my week 1 attempt at editing. Here is the orignal SOOC shot:
And here is the edited version (done in Photoshop Elements 9)
I'm not all the happy with it, but this is the best I can get to right now without pulling my hair out. This is my main reason for joining in on this weekly post, I tend to get frustrated when I am editing and get "stuck" per say. So I hope this can help me with this!
I did some brightness and contrast, black and white levels and hue saturation adjustments, then I created a background copy and did a high pass filter (I had never done this it was really cool!) and changed it to soft light. I then ran Pioneer Woman's Seventies action on color dodge at 40%. I think it looks pretty similar to the original but I found if I tried to up the brightness really at all I lost a lot of the details in the ice. Maybe it is more the original shot that should have been tweaked a little. Oh well live and learn right.