Poor attempt to do HDR with Photomatrix?

Started Sep 25, 2013 | Photos thread
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eeran Forum Member • Posts: 93
Poor attempt to do HDR with Photomatrix?

I wish to share, in order to hear your thoughts.

Its a photo I took a while ago, just a small shoot-out-of-the-window kind of shot.

it was a bit after sunset.

I have the SELP1650 which requires photo distortion fix.

so, I upload three photos.

1. A slight exposure fix I did with aperture, it really seemed to help as the dark areas of the trees are much better

2. Original jpeg, after camera corrections

3. Using DxO to do auto correction -> 16bit tiff -> using one of the presents in Photomatrix

It seems that #3 really lost sharpness, especially the buildings at the side.

the color is a bit unreal, mabe too much (the ground is too shiny)

also, the sky really lost it color, is it possible to do HDR effect but reduce it over certain areas (like sky) ? It seems rainy..yet it was very clear

 eeran's gear list:eeran's gear list
NEX5R Sony E 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 PZ OSS Apple Aperture
Comment & critique:
Please provide me constructive critique and criticism.
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