I've mentioned a couple of times that I'm liking the ability of the Lightroom 4 Beta version to be able to do some pseudo-hdr processing. Now I'm aware that while it can only work on 1 image at a time, it will never replace true HDR processing, but I think a lot of people, including me, use HDR processing to bring out details in shadows and highlights, and often process our 3 images even although the full dynamic range can be captured in a single image. I believe this is true especially for the people who like 'natural HDR'. So I'm going to try to demonstrate why I think that Lightroom 4 can help, and maybe simplify workflow some. Note that I do not intend to use only Lightroom 4. I have both Photomatix and SNS-HDR, and I fully intend to continue to use all of them. But for many images, I think the Lightroom 4 might be enough. Of course if you want surreal images, the HDR software is probably king.
Anyway, I took some images of a waterfall near where I live. There is some shadow and light in the picture, and I ran it thru both Photomatix and SHS-HDR. I used 3 bracketed images for both, at -2, 0, +2. I also used Lightroom 4 on the 0 copy. Take a look and let me know what you think. Note that I'm looking for feedback on the software and the ability to rended the image, not on the image itself or how I should crop/rotate it (although I'm always happy to hear cc). For fun, without going back to the source, see if you can tell me what software was used for each.
First, the 0 exposure - you can see it needs work
Now candidate 1