It was hard to get rid from a big halo surrounding the foliage at right until I decided to leave the comfort zone and experiment. Then I found that in this particular case, average guided filter gave me flexibility to tweak tones without creating halos. First time I use it.
The rest is basically the now better know scene referred workflow by default + exposure tweaking + embellishments
EDIT: Actually, I’m not 100% sure I could completely get rid of the halo… but it’s certainly much better than what I was able to achieve with the default guided filter.
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