Okay, I've only very recently started in photography. I have a Canon 1000D with the kit lens, but I also have the 55-250mm IS, which is what I used to shoot this photo. I've literally only been shooting for about a month, and I don't get a lot of time at that. I was looking out my back window in my apartment and I saw this squirrel so I snapped a few quick shots. After I checked out the images I got, they seemed a little bland cause of the scenery. I have Photoshop CS4, because I was able to get it for $200 with education discount, so I tried playing around with it there but I don't quite know enough to make it look much better. So I downloaded the trial of Photomatix, so please bare with the watermarks, I'll purchase the full version soon. I hadn't planned on making an HDR when I was shooting, so I didn't have a couple shots prepared. I took one RAW file I had and used Photoshop to create 3 TIFF files with different exposures and I used these 3 images to make the HDR. This is the original RAW file, converted to JPG so I could upload. This is a JPG of the HDR I ended up with. I tried to keep it realistic and not surreal. I wanted to enhance the shot, not turn it into a comic book drawing. Both files are also 1/4 the original size, so they're not huge in the thread. Again, this is my very first HDR attempt, and it was from a single RAW file. All feedback and criticism is welcome. You can be harsh if you feel it's necessary, just don't be rude please. Thanks.