The top one looks like watered silk
Gorgeous! Have you been playing in the digital darkroom, perchance? I've just, slow starter that I am, discovered tone mapping - wow, really helps to create intense and dramatic images.
Artsparker,Yeah, that effect was pretty much how it looked when I shot it.AV,Actually these days I've been trying not to fiddle around too much with my pics--just basic level adjustments to improve bad lighting and enhance definition. Well, OK, I guess that's a lot!