This shot was taken on Caine Road, Hong Kong. The day was very bright so I’ve tried using some of the parts from an under and over-exposed RAW, combined with the HDR from Photomatix as per Trey’s tutorial. The photo below is the original, correctly exposed, with some small auto-camera adjustments.
These were the files I loaded (under, spot, over), with the final result shown for quick comparsion:
Obviously the Photomatix result is too saturated in places, with loads of grainy noise in parts, and full of halos… so I did some masking on it using those three input photos again to come up with this:
The results are good – maybe I would tone down the red, but all up I think it worked well.