pophoto wrote in post #14380009
I've had a lot of success using just ONE (1) RAW image in Photomatix to create a realistic looking HDR. A little more processing in CS5 - Nik Color Efex Pro adds an element of pop to the images.
Perhaps I'm misunderstanding what you're saying, but if you're just using one image to do an HDR, and you want it to have a natural look, then what's the point? The way I see it, there are two reasons to do HDR. First is to expand your dynamic range. Second (and this is really tone mapping, not HDR) is to get that "HDR" look. Otherwise, wouldn't you just use the original picture and skip the HDR software entirely? Can't get much more natural than that.