As I mentioned yesterday, I've been using Photomatix Pro to generate pseudo-HDR images from a single RAW file, and of all my recent attempts I think that this is probably my favourite, and I may well include it in next month's tutorial.
If you take a look at the original you will see that it might just have been possible to create much the same effect using a variety of masked Curves, but the HDR process makes it a lot easier.
The original image (processed using the default settings in ACR) is here:
Oh, and let me know what you think about the boot in the top-right corner of the image. I did think about cloning it out, but thought it added another dimension to the story.
2.41pm on 11/8/06|
EF 17-40 f/4L USM
17mm (27mm equiv.)
420EX (-2/3 FEC)