Thanks for the example, Phil. Great work as always.
Here's one I dug up. There's a lot of contrast, and not much shadow detail.
This is more of what I was going for, and yes, more DR and shadow recovery would have been highly beneficial.
That said, the real culprit here is that I f'd up the exposure. I should have anticipated the backlighting and opened up the exposure by a stop. An ND grad filter would have worked wonders as well, but like you said, you can sometimes overlook these things inadvertently in the heat of the moment