I’m one of “those guys” who doesn’t care for the over-the-top HDR images. With that said, when it is subtle, it is a remarkable tool for capturing images in high contrast scenarios. At the 2010 Birding and Fotofest in St. Augustine, Florida, I attended a class instructed by Rob Sheppard. He mentioned he uses a plug-in for Lightroom called LR/Enfuse. I’ve been using it almost a year now and it is an incredible tool. It’s easy to use and your images look natural not cartoonish. However, you can easily change the settings to achieve that look if that’s what you’re going for.