Archbob wrote in post #16272110
Whats HDR? Is that something you do in photoshop or in the Camera settings?
HDR is simply High Dynamic Range.
There is no rule of thumb as to what High Dynamic Range technically is as "high" isn't a very scientific term. I suppose one could argue that an HDR photo would be anything in which more than one exposure was used.
Many associate HDR strictly with Photomatix, which is the most widely known program that automatically blends photos together for you.
As for the photo you're inquiring about:
1.) It was shot at the right time of day, "golden hour" like pstyle mentioned.
2.)Post processing was used: Lightroom, Photoshop, Photomatix, etc.
My guess is lightroom and some high recovery/shadow recovery was done and then the reds, oranges and yellows were all pushed a little bit (too much on the yellow for my tastes)
To get the photos you're after, you're going to have to pay attention to the light and shoot when it's at its best. 99% of the time this will be done at sunrise/sunset.
You'll also need to invest in some sort of post processing software. My suggestion is Lightroom to get started as sometimes Photoshop can be a bit overwhelming if you don't know what you're doing.
Here is a link I like:
It's a good starting point tutorial with blending photos manually in Photoshop.