Here's one that I worked on .. I think the round banding comes when I reduce the image for posting.
Here my play with image 2. I used Studio and PS, I added some color gradients to certain areas of the image as well.
Super job John. I like the dark, rich tones in the background.
What Kathy said ..
Thanks Kathy & Shazzy, the background details were brought out by using the preset_Sculptured in Studio and the coloring was added using several radial color gradients in Photoshop.
Thanks Sharon for the great images to play with - here is my "Yuck. The Water Turned Me Green"
too funny Flick
Thank you - yes, 'sevenstyles' is the author and they are purchased and downloaded.
@FlickColeman - I really like your edit - looks like a real ol' seafarer ...
How did you do that great background??
This is one of the backgrounds I bought from Jai Johnson's Daily Textures. It was one of the Unpredictable collection