That sparkle of light
There was this light beam coming across the pines, its draw doubled by its reflection. The early morning glow doubled again by the shadowy light surrounding it. But on the other end of the leading line of the shoreline is a towering mountain peak covered in snow in the full sun.
Expose for the beam of light on the trees and that snow covered peak goes to blinkie hell. Worst, the eye can’t help but fly right to it and it never leaves it to come back to what I want the eye to go to. Those trees.
Go to the other end of the exposure range to bring the bright snow into line and then the trees go dark, their magic lost. You could try a split grad but the range of light and the contour of the topography, something would get lost in the translation. It would be obvious a split grad was used. The only solution I know of for this is HDR, taking 5 images. The top photo is the final image, the bottom is #1 and the bottom #5 in the HDR set. Most important to me is, you see the light I saw at the moment I walked up to the lakes edge.
Photo captured by D3x, 24PC-E on Lexar UDMA digital film