I spend a lot of time processing my shots before I start working with them. My personal favourite RAW importer/processing software is DXO Optics Pro 11 Elite. There’s so much that one can do with a shot to bring out hidden details, sharpness, lighting, reduce high ISO noise etc. with this software and it has the best built in lens and camera body correction profiles of any software I’ve ever used. A few examples, I’ve used my same preset and I’d reduce the colour saturation to taste later in post processing. Original image and then my DXO processed image. I guess that a lot of folks don’t realise that the detail is captured in their images but not necessarily visible in their straight out of camera shots.
PS. I’ve not made any attempt to correct verticals in these shots which one can do with another DXO product called Viewpoint which I use as a plugin in Optics Pro. Nor have I tweaked them further individually. I’ve used the same preset for comparison purposes. These aren’t finished shots but rather a starting point for further processing until I’m happy with the end results.