Of course it is a matter of skills. Totally agree. Steinmuller and his wife are very good at this. However, I find some of their HDR images a little to extreme for my taste. They do not look real to me. But as I said, it is a matter of taste. I donīt agree with Schewe that this is crap. Itīs like art, I donīt like baroque but I like impressionists like Claude Monet. Itīs the same with HDR.
Nice examples you put up. Waiting to see some good examples from your D7000
I do most of my photography during travels to exotic locations, probably because, when I'm home, I find there are so many chores to attend to, such as slashing grass, mixing concrete, doing home rennovations and improvements, processing some of the hundreds of thousands of images I have stored away on DVD discs and external hard drives, and of course arguing with various people on the internet, who appear to have some wrong ideas on certain topics.
As Bart would agree, it's better to be prepared beforehand and know what sort of performance your equipment is capable of. From such images I've posted above, in conjunction with an analysis of the comparative test results at DXOMark, I can deduce that the D7000 with a single, correct ETTR shot, will produce shadows as clean as the HDR merger of 3 exposures +/- 2EV, taken with the 5D.
The middle of those 3 exposures was very slightly overexposed, by maybe 1/3rd of a stop. The longest exposure is thus a 2.33 EV greater exposure than an ETTR.
At normalised print sizes, the D7000 has 2.74 EV greater DR than the 5D, according to DXOMark.
Since there are no other image-quality parameters in which the 5D is even marginally better, despite it being full-frame, (such as color sensitivity, or SNR at 18% grey), I can declare that my 5D is now truly, completely and totally redundant. (Anyone like to buy it? Have I done a good job at promotion?
Actually, just joking. I probably want to hang onto it for sentimental reasons.