I am not a big fan of HDR photos. When I started working my photos with post-processing software I though HDR photos were pretty cool but after some time, I realised they are just too funky, too artificial. I have to admit in high contrast situation like sunrise and sunset, it is probably the best option. Below you’ll see the same photo with 4 different post-production settings. I took the photo very early at sunrise. The sun was barely popping from behind the mountain.
No increase in the exposure and trying to keep the sky blue
With an increase of the exposure to make the grass green but the sky is too bright
Slight HDR to enhance all the colors and contrast
And the all-out version Play that funky colors (music) white boy