HowTo: get landscape from overcast day look sunnier?

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HowTo: get landscape from overcast day look sunnier?
Mar 29, 2010

ACR 5.6 PS-CS4

I'm trying to get a group of pictures taken on an overcast day to look more like they were taken on a sunny day. The originals are flat and dull. Here is a sample .dng:

and the generated .jpg from the "As Shot" default ACR settings:

and the generated .jpg from ACR adjustments (contrast, clarity, vibrance, sharpness, saturation, etc.)

I tried a variety of tweaks, but didn't have much success. That included increasing contrast, clarity, vibrance, saturation, sharpening, and a LAB-color move a'la Margulis' "Canyon Conundrum". Still pretty flat.

I'd appreciate guidance on what (if anything) can be done in this situation to get a better image.

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