Hello, this actually being my first post on here, I am looking for some C&C on how these photos look and what can be done to make the HDR more closer to real life. I took these after a small snow storm came through although most of it melted quickly. I saw that without any filters and such I wouldn't get any good exposures, so I turned on bracketing, +3/-3 and combined/matched in Photomatix as all were handheld shots.
I'll say that the exposure on all of them just doesn't seem to fit me, is there a wa manipulate the image to have both the darks and the highlights not blown out and still have a brighter image? Or is it pretty close?
Please let me know what you think of them as I'm not satisfied at the results so far. I've seen the "over creative" HDR, but I want to match the real world lighting as much as possible and feel I haven't reached that yet lol
I also am planning on shooting more exposure like at least 6 or 9 to make the composition cleaner, but will require tripod I guess..?
This area has so much potential with sunsets:
Fairy tale like trees:
Vehicle in comparison to nature:
Sunset through trees: