It was cloudy today, so I decided to take advantage of that and shoot for HDR. This is a 3-exposure image (+/-2EV) blended and tone mapped with Photomatix Pro 5.0.
I am photographing this tree every day as a 365 project and am posting those pictures on my new blog here: https://sametreedifferentday.wordpress.com/
After blending in Photomatix I used the Camera Raw Filter to make basic adjustments, remove chromatic aberrations and reduce noise. I added curves and black & white adjustment layers in Photoshop.