I'm completely open to whatever feedback, even if it's not perfectly complementary. Lay it on! But, I don't have any experience with any after shot activities and I only have Nikon NX2 and now Canon Digital Photo Professional and the Canon software has even less capability than Nikon as near as I can tell.
During yesterday's shoot I asked my friend about Photoshop and maybe I'll look at a purchase, but that still doesn't solve the ignorance problem. So if you're willing to be more explicit perhaps you can help guide me. I did purchase a very inexpensive Corel Paintshop that has some capabilities but haven't learned to use it as ....... well life is busy (and I live on an acreage) and right now I'm just trying to shoot everything that comes my way before the snow flies and everyone hibernates!
Now I'm guessing here, but could it be you're referring to that duck in the water a short time back? Even I could see that wasn't overly natural but honestly I don't know what settings to change or how to correct it.
Jack, my above comments were directed at the other person, who posted the shots of the lightning strikes. I was not trying to be hypercritical, it's just I've run into the same color phenomenon.
I have no real criticisms of your shots so far, I like them. Telephoto shots are more about capturing a specific subject, where wider angle shots capture a much wider environment, and thus in a way are more difficult to result in something compelling or unique.
I will echo Dustin's advice. Get Lightroom 5. You are welcome to purchase Photoshop CS6 also, but it might be less useful for you as a beginner, and certainly costs a bit more. CS6 is really overkill for tweaking the simpler aspects like color and exposure. However, I don't exactly agree with Dustin's opinion that Photoshop is not intuitive, and Lightroom is. It just depends on your perspective I guess. I still think Lightroom has too many peripheral options that are always in play. At least with Photoshop, nothing is in play until you start using tools and working with it. Lightroom starts out from the perspective that, you need to decide on lots of publishing variables, destination folders, how to name and organize them. I.E., things that have nothing to do with editing photos from an artistic perspective. And it defaults to store all of your edited images in its own filing structure, rather than letting you do what you want with the edited images from the start.
My point is, to those who initially learned photo editing in Lightroom, it seems intuitive to them. Less so to those who got used to Adobe Camera Raw and Photoshop. Or at least to me. No doubt someone might read this and quickly dispute my thoughts.