This is another one that I only really was able to process in a way that I like today - over a decade after I took it initially. It was a balance between pulling shadow detail and keeping noise down while preserving detail. I ultimately created a duplicate layer of my original image, and using Nik's Dfine2 reprocessed the image, lowing the top layer's opacity about 30%.
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