This is a nice image, I like the foreground very much. What I am not that big a fan of is the slight halo ontop of the trees due to either sharpening or lifting shadow, or both, I think if you have kept it a bit darker even on the houses on the right it would get a bit more balance. Personal oppinion of course, cause I do like this image.
Thank you Tommy, i appreciated your positive critiques always I had corrected that halo actually by burning highlights just at the top of the trees, i didn't go wild with the tool however not to loose the colors. Backlit trees are really messy to handle. I used 4 raws with corrected highlights and shadows here, only then i could balance the exposure. Maybe i could spend some more time with a tiny brush correcting top of the trees)
One thing that is a quick fix, I clear the sharpening halo with the clone tool at about 4px size and hardness at 10%, this does not clear the entire halo but removes the lightest part and that on its own sells the whole very well.
Hmmm i see, i never used that for fixing halo. Usually my halos are caused by pushing clarity too much, in such cases i simply use two files with different clarity values and just mask the top of top of the trees but then this method gets much complicated if i am blending 6 exposures