My two images are not from RAW or using Photomatrix Pro.
Just my attempt to use Adobe Photoshop and create a HDR look.
I know exactly what you suggested. I was just trying to see what would come out using Photoshop techniques.
It was interesting to try in six layers and was worth the effort to use my skills trying to duplicate the look of HDR.
hjfok, I will try again with a different photo.
I did follow the tutorial from utube that was submitted. WOW, that looked really nice and the tutorial was great.
Let's face it, your photos shot in RAW and Jump's are really HDR in quality. You both are already there.
Try to improve on Ansel Adams. I do not think anyone can.
It is worth a try. Your B&W night-scape studies that you submitted before are fabulous!
OK, take the original B&W photo from your portfolio and try to use Photomatrix Pro or Essential HDR and reprocess your photo.
My guess is that you will not improve your quality imagery at all!
It is already there.
Plus the fact you have CS3. How much better can you get unless you hire Dreamworks or Disney and spend a Zillion dollars to experiment with.
"Bring a whole suitcase of money!" (quoted from: Bob Proffitt, one of our Super Mods here on CNET.)
One of my friends, Mike Bailey from MA, won a film award working on the Disney film scene where the pirate ship (Pirates of the Caribbean) was encased with ice. The computer processors cost millions of dollars in order to process that image and thousands of dollars per second in order to produce that scene. The scene was unbelievable!
hjfok, Do not wait for a new camera that has HDR.
You already have that feature now??YOUR eye and your skills.