I've been getting emails from CR users about the look I achieve in my photos. This combined with the Endless DR/Camera debate made me combine some before/after shots of my LR+CS6 Processing. I'll add some thoughts and I welcome the input of fellow CR users who take the time for Post.
1. Image 1 - Wasn't intended to be my first frame of choice but I saw the potential of this frame doing better in post than others in my sequence. Due to some difficulties in the field, I couldn't scrim the main light to get the strip of light where I wanted it. Some cleaver LR work got my end vision close enough and I quite liked the end product.
2. Image 2 - Some will consider this a DR limited shot but what really happened is due to the particular location of this shot, I had only two frames to get it correct. One had shake and this one was an ok exposure. With some post work I was able to get the desired effect I was looking for and I like this frame.
3. Image 3 - This frame has gotten me a few emails about how it was accomplished. The nature of the photo means that I would have bad frames for the keeper. It turns out none were particularly perfect with the smoke but this frame had potential but due to the 600RT's recycle, It was underexposed. I was able to save it in LR4 and print a 13X19 for the couple. I seemed to have broke the DR rule again by pumping Dark frames and print medium sized prints with very good IQ.
So how do I feel about DR? It's useful but it has limitations. The only way to overcome those limitations is smart shooting and clever post work. More DR isn't better if you have to sacrifice other things needed for a frame you want. The question is. how often does the gear limit you and when it does, do you shoot for post?