Working on some old images from Nicaragua - trying to find ones I haven’t considered before. My current workflow being Exposure X6 along with exporting copies out to either/or DeNoise and DeSharpen apps - as well as Affinity Photo when I need Content Aware or Patching/Cloning.
one reason that I never processed this file, was because of the extreme contrast of midday shooting - where most people could not really be recognized. I figured that lifting shadows would just result in a poor image quality.
I left the two kids on the bottom, in the shadows because I wanted the focus to be on the eye of the little girl being held, and the woman walking. The eye and partial face, were quite hidden in shadow requiring a bit of dodging. I am quite pleased with this result.
the pic was taken with my minuscule Olympus E-PL5 with 12-42mm kit lens.