I know I keep staying off topic from your post, but your landscape photography sings to me. It is a blend of the mystical, the dreamworld, and the archaic memory. I find it very powerful.
I agree with you on HDR - if it is subtle, it is a great tool to open and balance exposures.
So now I have to ask, what photo editing program do you use??? lol Unless it's a secret...
I promise to stay on topic from now on!
~ Cindy ~