I am struggling with the contrast here specifically. The leaves were just glowing in the evening light, if I brighten the midtones with levels/curves it just seems to lose all of its appeal. I appreciate any comments.
You might try selectively enhancing just the colors in the leaves with selective color and saturation/hue adjustment layers in photoshop--you can mask out the rest of the image if you want to. The new site Michael advertised in the what's new section, www.radiantvista.com
, has a helpful little video on this in the Photoshop Workbench section.
Also, cropping off or bringing down the brightness (if it is not in fact blown-out) in the upper-left would allow the leaves to speak for themselves a little more--currently, they do not look very bright partly because their background is much brighter. I say this because the leaves on the right side of the image against the darker backgrounds do really have a sense of glow to them.
Someone else here can probably give a more helpful reply, however.