With a few tweaks to contrast and exposure brought it back to normal.
As shot, intentionally over-exposed.
Hmmmh ... I guess I'm not real impressed with this technique. Maybe it would work better with another image / subject? It seems like a lot of fuss an bother on the shooting side, just to make corrections in post production. I'm just not used to, or comfortable shooting in manual mode. By the time you have everything set up and ready to go, the shot is gone. The bird has flown away ... At this point, I much prefer auto mode. I know that sounds like heresy to some people out there, but it does a pretty good job in most cases.
If you're wondering what this is a picture of, it's a mango in a pottery bowl with sunlight coming through our lace curtains to make some interesting light play. I like how the shadows bent around the curves of the bowl and mango. Just for fun, here are a few more Light Play pictures [For the record, I think these were all taken on manual / auto mode] :