I just want to take this time to say thank you to everyone here. Between the great advice from those here and some trial and error, I have really been able to take my game up to another level. I thought I had a problem with a lens a while back when it was new, but I still needed to learn a few things. I am no longer trying to make my images look like someone elses. I have my own style now. Tone Mapping and local contrast in Raw Therapee really make a difference.
Mr. David, your article on wavelet decompose was really something that I have been able to use and it allowed me to develop a nice little work flow for portraiture. Top notch and thank you. Not to mention that the sharpening of the bottom detail layer really gives punch to my images. Good Grief!!!
Again thank you all for everything.