This morning I upgraded my LR 5 to the newest version, 6. It has a few interesting features. One of which is now an in Lightroom merge to HDR feature to built a DNG file from the selected files. I have dabbled with HDR via photomatix but never managed to get past grungy looking stuff that doesn't appeal to me. The tone mapping also had me. I'ver tried luminosity maks as well in PS and in the end have settled for not doing much hdr.
So, this image is built using three images
All f7.1, iso 100 and shutter speeds of 1/800th, 1/200th and 1/50th of a second. Many tries have been attempted on this particular 3 image set. I could get all but the sky playing nice. The image below is built using the merge to hdr option in LR6. Very little tweaking has occurred.
Here is a version I struggled with in PS hdr..... I tried various parameters.. Offered as a comparison. This was the best of hrs of playing with the file. The one above? approximately 30 seconds.viewtopic.php?f=31&t=77
To say I am impressed is an understatement. It is well worthwhile the changes that I have seen.