The original actually was darker, but this photo somehow became brighter when I uploaded/converted it... interesting...
Anyways, I used rawtherapee and GIMP to edit.
- Darkened the blacks - Increased the contrast - A small dose of saturation - Warmed up the white balance a tad - Cloned over the fire hydrant on the hill (bottom right) - A bit of Unsharp Mask - Reduced noise
I think that's basically it.
I used a Canon Rebel T2i/550d/Kiss X4. ISO 100 f/4 1 second exposure 55 mm length Shutter Priority mode
Thats really awesome, I was thinking that you may have added the rays from the tree, but they are original! I Do exactly what you mentioned for all my work anyway, so it doesn't really matter, simply accentuating what is already there ;D