Michelle, you know I love these sort of images. I do like that we have tools to bring out the best of an image. For me, the camera is just the first step. As an artist, getting the end image, regardless of the process to do so, is the most important thing.
We had a pretty gray and rainy day today. So I found it a little uninspiring therefore I started panning grass blowing in the wind with water in the background. It was very light and "pastelish" out of camera. Post processed in Lightroom and brought it into Photoshop and used shadow/highlight function and to my surprise this bright a summery image appeared!