It's tough when the castle is deep in the shadows of the scene, and I feel possibly that attempts to retrieve it from there look a little unnatural to me. So I let it sit quietly in the shadows as a nice visual to find...
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A different crop...
I feel like a further explanation might be fun, so I'm editing this post...
With a shot like this, I asked myself, "What is the general feeling here? What is the main thing/feeling I want someone to take away?".
For me, there are three things that are important:
- The colors in the sky.
- The jagged, hard shape of the mountains
- Both of the above, but in the water.
For instance, does being able to easily distinguish the trees on the left add anything to the image/feeling? I don't think so personally. The same is true of the features of the mountain on the right. It may be fine to have a feeling of the textures there and just visible enough to reinforce the impression that this is a mountain, but making out the details and bringing them into the mid-tones won't really add much to the impression of a mountain there. The silhouette already does a good job of this.
Same thing with the castle. Is it really the focal point of the image? I would say the focal point is the colors in the sky/water along with the silhouette of the landscape (meeting in the middle-ish). So I don't mind letting the castle becoming shadowed. It's a nice secondary thing to examine if one wanted to really look closer/longer.
So I exposed for the sky mostly. Bumped contrast a bit and let details go darker. Then slight lift to the darkest blacks because I like it personally a little.