Learn how to enhance texture in key areas of the image
IMPORT IMAGE on import into lightroom it is clear that the image will need both global and local adjustments to recreate the sense of drama in the original stormy scene.
GLOBAL ADJUSTMENTS Do the usual adjustments: white balance, tonal adjustments, sharpening, cropping and so on. The result is good, but more drama can be added.
REFINE THE SKY select the graduated filter tool and pull it down over the sky. Boost clarity, contrast and darken the sky further if necessary. Zoom in to check noise levels.
ENHANCE WAVE TEXTURE select the Adjustment Brush tool and paint a mask onto the waves and any other area you want to adjust. increase clarity, contrast and Dehaze.
CHECK FOR NOISE Zoom to 100% and scroll around the image looking for noise and artefacts. if there is a problem, pull back on the adjustments and/or add noise reduction.
SAVE IMAGE save the image to a universal format such as TIFF or JPEG. TIFFs are recommended if you plan on doing any further adjustments to the image.