I began with Photomatrix and switched to NIK HDR.
I do all black and white photography - both from film, and from digital and I much prefer NIK. I don't really believe that the average person, or even the pro HDR expert is going to know for sure which shots are HDR and which aren't.
Here's an example of an HDR shot (shhh, don't tell anyone)
There are lots more in my blog at: www.beckermanphoto.com/blog
I think that when things in the scene are moving, Photomatix was better at dealing with merging the various images.
However, NIK has more intuitive controls, and as part of an entire suite - I end up going something like this:
- hdr (still in color if it was a raw file) do a touch of compression or expansion as needed, and or texture
- then into NIK silver bw conversion
- and then into viveza
(excuse me if I'm not getting the names exactly right) but if you're a NIK user you'll see what I mean hopefully.
I've used NIK HDR for one shot negatives as well, with equally subtle results.
That's my two and a half cents.
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