I appreciate your comments and opinion. But I do find there is a lot of prejudice against "HDR" photography. I'm reluctant to use the term. I try to recreate what I saw, using multiple exposures to tease out the detail. So this image contains elements from about four exposures. The fact is we rarely see real black, especially in daylight, and we rarely see pure white either. There is always some detail in what we see. But in conventional photography it is common to have large areas of black and/or white. This is accepted because we are used to it.
If you look at the development of photography over the last 150 years you will understand that "HDR" is just another step in the move towards the realistic photographic representation of what we see. We've come a long way since monochrome, duotone and polaroid images. In the near future I believe all camera sensors will have a much higher dynamic range and there will be no need to spend the time on HDR processing techniques. "HDR" will become the norm. It already has for me. When I see "normal" photographs these days, I see what's missing. I see LDR.
I appreciate your comments and welcome them. It's all part of a discussion.