This photo was taken at a lookout onto the 'Pacific Ocean' in the Highlands of Central America,....located 3200 ft. above the sea level.
I used fuji film 800 ASA,...which gave me a 'grainy background',.... 'Buildingclimber'[link]
recently shared with me a program which has a feature that eliminates grain,...I created several layers and eliminated the grain in the Sky, clouds and the water, ...but also gave the background a 'soft-focus' effect that I like alot.
A 300 mm lens was used, along with D-FL/polarizing filters to warm up the colors and eliminate the haze.
So,...did I manip ??....yes !