emmalemmaleemjah: For what it is worth these images were shot over a 3ree to 8ight hour period, capturing 100-200 images, using a 18+ images and brought together in layers with a brush/wand in the same manner as Bob Ross did on his PBS TV show.
Algos and Tone Mapping is the easy button, understanding how an expert works in a darkroom is priceless.
I can't get past the glow halos around objects that are against the sky (strong contrast) even in moderatly done HDR images. Like the palm trees and lighthouse in the link you sent. I'm not saying they look bad, but the time that I've tried my hand at HDR images, I always toss it out because of that.
Lipstick on a pig...
To each his own, I guess.
I think most of the problem is with how dpreview displays images in posts. If you click on each photo to see the original in a new window (or tab), they look 1000% better.
Interesting but still not my cup of tea. this is more along my idea of taking the studio into the field- https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-h9cm5USYSxQ/TmYe1roV7UI/AAAAAAAABTc/UaEFU_xfdnQ/DSC05564_web.jpg