No longer a newbie, moving up!
I don't think I have actually posted photos here besides a couple of links. When I'm out shooting, I like to do more than just the shot. After I get composition, and all my settings down and what I need for the area, I often like to go into HDR. I find that I manually bracket my photos and just do them in PS and that works well for me. I do it, because especially shooting sunset situations, you end up needing to choose, how well do I want the foreground to be lit, overexposed, underexposed, and the sky, and this way, I can get all of the details, and creates a more interesting visual effect.