Pushing the image

As someone who really got into landscape astrophotography from doing time lapse sequences, one thing that has been a constant challenge is getting just the right amount of light on the foreground subject in a short exposure to capture sufficient detail. Too much light and you risk blowing the highlights or having a foreground subject that dominates the composition and looks out of place, not enough light and detail recovery can look muddy and over sharpened. Luckily time lapse sequences are somewhat forgiving here as a single image is only displayed for a fraction of a second. What if you want to take some of these frames and edit them for still photography though? Can you push the image of these single short exposures to a satisfactory level for print?

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