It seems today that many photogs think that the success is in post processing... I am telling you folks....get it right in the camera first. This is a horror story that ended up being fine with much effort. My wife and I attended a wedding in Block Island R.I a few month's ago...We flew from South Florida and took a ferry to the island from Montawk L.I. we were suppose to be guest...but I ended shooting the wedding for them because of major issues!! Not my cup of tea...but I did it to make my wife and her best friend happy. After the fact...as we were putting the wedding album together, the bride wanted a picture of the lighthouse??? For sentimental reasons?? I did visit the lighthouse with my wife as tourist while we were there...but the lighting was so terrible I really did not "Shoot it".. Ok...now I have to make something from a snapshot?? I pulled the best that I had into LR....and made three copies of it with different exposure values of the same snapshot...I then dragged it into Photomatix and merged them....and then into CS4 to convert it to B/W! The end result now graces the front cover of their album and she is thrilled. I am going to include the original.... the first shot.... and then the finished product....the second shot.... Comments and suggestions welcome!...Please view them large to see what I pulled out with the HDR effect Cheers, joe Finished product!