First in-depth HDR edit, please critique

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  1. Sn00bies

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    I had played around with making an HDR once before this, but I'm getting photos to put into a city photo contest so I figured I should put a little more effort into it. The theme is "Past and Present," so I thought I'd take some shots of our city's farming history. This is the first composition I've come up with, and I thought it'd be a cool HDR to do when I was taking the shots. I had to hand hold my D200 w/ Nikon 55-200 VR(luckily), but in light of that I think it turned out pretty decent.

    Critique away, let me know any way it can be improved. Thanks!

    Right out of Photomatix

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    It looks like you have just removed the halo effect and saturated the sky.. What way did you edit it in photomatix? Tone compressor or detail ??
     
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    That is either the convert to LDR or the detail enhancer, the tone compressor does not do that.
     
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    Well, I combined the 5 raw files, which loaded up the combined image with the magnifier on the left and the "Tone Mapping" button on the bottom. I clicked on Tone Mapping, adjusted settings there to my liking (I'm not going for the crazy HDR effect, but a more realistic tone), and processed. At this point is where I got the first image in my post.

    Then, I took one raw file that had the best potential for a natural blue sky (I don't quite like HDR skies, at least none that I've been able to do), adjusted the saturation of it through Camera RAW(I think I could actually tone it down a bit), and then masked it into the HDR image. I definitely noticed the HDR aspects of it... compare it to one of the bracketed original raw files :

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    Maybe you can expand on what you mean? Does my HDR image not look HDR to you, and why? I could definitely make it more over the top HDR through the Tone Mapping, but I was going for a more natural picture with great detail and color.
     
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    I just noticed, when I click on the "Tone Mapping" button, the tab in the window that comes up it labeled "Details Enhancer" and then it has the 4 smaller tabs below the histo that are Tone, Color, Micro, S/H. The only thing I really changed was the white/black point in the tone tab. Are there some key features I'm missing?
     

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