|Common Loon - 1D4, 800, f/8, 1/1000s, ISO 400|
When I captured this image, I biased my exposure to get slightly more detail in the head and allow some of the highlights to clip. After a bunch of work in Lightroom 3, this was the result I was able to come up with:
This was after doing some extensive local adjustments to try and recover as much detail as possible in the highlights. I left it with the intention of completing the tonal work in Photoshop.
Today, I opened up the image in Lightroom 4, converted it to Process Version 2012 and using the new targeted shadows and highlights adjustment tools I was able to get the tones where I wanted with the appropriate detail right in Lightroom. The really neat thing about the new controls is that they keep haloing artifacts to a minimum. Another major advantage of having local shadows and highlights is that I don't need to be as precise in my brushes. With my LR3 local adjustment, I have to very careful with the brush (I have to use an exposure or brightness adjustment) because if I go into a neighboring region, that region will get affected. With LR4, since I am only targeting shadows or highlights with a single local adjustment, if I go into a neighboring region and the tones there are very different, it isn't affected as much. I should note that I also did some additional work on the background which is why its different from the LR3 version.