I spent a morning shooting Minnehaha Falls last winter. Then I spent a couple of evenings experimenting in Lightroom.
I started off by just moving sliders around to get a soft feel.
Not sure what I was looking for, I started going through my collection of presets. I like the way Trey Ratcliff handles images, so tried some of my favorite presets from his collection. I liked the edge provided by (an edited version of) his A Brighter Glow preset.
Digital Photography School also has some nice presets. For this image, the preset I liked best was Baguette from the Street Grit and Grunge collection. It’s reality magnified.
I also tried some black and white versions. My favorite was based on a preset by the Photo Frontier called Pale Rider.
They all capture a different aspect of Minnehaha Fall’s personality that day. . . it’s hard to say which is my favorite!