Before and After..
(actual shot from Hawaii trip converted from CR2 to JPG - linked in original post)
Every detail shown in picture was actually there in the original photo, just not visible. When I took the picture remember the sky being so amazing and felt that I had done something wrong after downloading the pictures. Now realize what was wrong. This changes my strategy for taking pictures as well. At the risk of not getting a bright photo, going to go for a slightly over exposed image which captures details in the dark or better still start taking bracketed photos as a default when going for landscapes!
Now it takes me 15 minutes to fix pictures where clouds and rocks had no detail.
Next step, learn how to fix portraits of the kids and my VC.. aka Sangeetha!