Okay, so I have three photos for you to check out. They are all three from the same set of bracketed photos (the last one I cropped for grins and giggles).
I have Adobe Elements 10 so the first photo was merged and edited all in Elements. (see below)
The second photo was merged and edited in Photomatix (I only have the trial version – sorry for the distracting watermark).
The last photo was merged in Elements, and then I ran it through Topaz Labs’ Adjust plug-in.
Personally, I like #3. I think it “pops” just a bit more than the first one. What say you the jury? Which photo is most pleasing? (Please remember that I am not a professional photographer nor do I really know what I’m doing when it comes to photo-editing!!)