Photomatix, HDR and tone mapping, oh my

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My first HDR with Photomatix, originally uploaded by seyDoggy.

I finally did it. I bought Photomatix from HDR Soft. I’m not one for those crazy, over the top tone mapped HDR images you see so much of. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE a lot of those, It’s just not my style at the moment. Baby steps… baby steps…

Anyhow, this is my first attempt at a tone mapped HDR composition. I was shooting for realism. I was overall happy with results but it still has a bit of a over done quality to it. I just want to open up the darks a little, not make them look self illuminating.