HDR vs single raw image

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HDR vs single raw image
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I generally don't bother with HDR, either in-camera or in post-processing, preferring to process single raw images. But I recently was in a dark church, with very high contrast lighting, so I thought I'd give it another try.

This is the small OOC JPEG extracted from the central frame of a five-frame burst, with a 2ev step between frames:

High dynamic range original

This is what I produced from the same raw file using PL5:

Processed from a single raw file using PL5

I then used the HDR feature in Affinity to merge a five-deep stack of TIFFs, produced using PL5:

Merged HDR stack of five images from raw using PL5, using Affinity

Do you prefer the HDR stack, or the processed single image (which is much easier to produce)?

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