I took a normally exposed image and then images two stops under exposed and two stops over exposed of each scene. The camera can be set to do this automatically. Initially, I used the new HDR mode in Canon's DPP software to arrive at the final images.
Here is a normally exposed image followed by the result of DPP's HDR processing, as best as I could figure it out.
|Canon EOS 5D Mark II, EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM, f/8, 1/90 sec., ISO 100|
|HDR Processing with Canon DPP Software|
Here are a few using preset adjustments on the Photomatix software. I heven't yet mastered the various levels and settings that will get me to exactly what I'm looking for. I do like some of the choices they provide, however.
|Photomatix Essentials - Enhancer settings|
|Photomatix Essentials - Photographic settings|
|Photomatix Essentials - Natural settings|
|Photomatix Essentials - Painterly settings|
|Photomatix Essentials - Smooth settings|
UPDATE: I spent a couple of hours reprocessing the 14 scenes I had already processed with DPP using the Smooth settings on Photomatix. The images on Zenfolio have now been replaced. As usual, you can view all the trail scenes using the link on the right.