You see something with the eye, your camera records . . . something, but not what you saw. And if your skills are marginal, as mine tend to be, the results can be disappointing, to say the least. Such was this scene.
I've always been a Bridge and Photoshop user. Only when I signed on for the Creative Cloud did I install Lightroom 4, and even then only fiddled around in it occasionally. I have found the asset management in LR to be confusing, and while I know it's just part of the learning curve, I don't generally have the needs of a professional or advanced photographer for what is provided. Bridge has been just fine. Except . . .
What LR provides that Bridge+Camera Raw doesn't (and why doesn't it, Adobe?) is virtual copies. They take up minimal space and allow you to do as much experimenting as you want to do without losing some precious adjustments you've already made. Plus, it had never occurred to me that virtual copies would be a great way to make the bracketd "shots" needed to create HDR pictures from a single exposure. D'Oh!
The upshot of it being that here is a prime example of a scene that benefited from being converted into 'virtual exposures' and then treated in Nik Software's HDR Efex Pro 2. The results are stunning (at least in comparison to the original capture!). So, I may be on my way to becoming more of a Lightroom user that I have been in the past.