With this photo I concentrated on the far hills and the light filtering through. I had to go for a panoramic shot to get in the whole scene with my tele lense.
Processing this shot was a real pain. My pc is just to slow for that big an image. And then there are all those little gradients going on which had the color and luminance in the sky break in some parts even as I was working in 16 bit. The solution to this is either to work in LAB mode, which didn't help here or to add some fine grain to those areas. I applied "add noise" with the smallest value to the sky and gone where those little steps in the gradient. Still you don't see this noise it's just a technique to even out those gradients
hope you like it!