Post processing is a very important tool to use in photography and as I have said in so many of the previous tips on processing, it should be used to recreate the environment as you saw it. The eye is by far the best camera in the world and as such, sometimes cameras struggle to compensate as well as our eyes do. Below is the original photo taken - then you will see the edited version and I will explain what I did.
Even with my metering set to full evaluative, I was losing colour and overexposing certain areas while others remained underexposed. In order to correct the underexposed areas, I used a bit of fill light and used some recovery for the overexposed areas. Lightroom was able to pick up the areas that needed the lift or drop in light. I used a bit of mid-range sharpening called clarity in Lightroom and then played with my highlights, darks and shadows to get more colour into the photo. Once all of this was done I increased the temperature of the white balance to give the photo a bit more warmth. I hope this helps you and happy processing.
Expose your balance
Richard de Gouveia