Harsh Shadows Rendering in Top view

I have a model and the shadows are typically quite great when I’m modeling in any perspective view. But when I render from a direct top view I am getting very harsh shadows on the ground.

Turning the ground plane off does work at removing all the shadows but I would still like some?

When I increase the intensity of my sky light my model just gets washed out.

Hello- impossible to help without at the very least an image, preferably an example Rhino file.