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I have heard of different types of contrast adjustment, mostly Global, which I would assume is working on the whole image and local, which I guess would mean more like burning and dodging and masking certain areas like sea and land and sky and doing work on them by themselves.
What would you say is the best way to add local contrast ?
In this image believe it or not I already did quite a bit, especially the seawall and building area in the background, which looked pretty dead and lifeless after tonemapping.
Since the sun is directly on them, and I think its important to know that when working on an image, since you don't want to lighten an area in shadow or shade. I masked those areas off and lightened them using exposure, although I'm not sure if Thats the best type of adjustment to do in this case, but it does the job I suppose.
I also darkened the grass in the foreground slightly too, so the attention was drwn more to the middle of the image.