Yeh, you can't do that with a Canon..........
Do you expect me to take your example seriously?!?
C'mon, in my example the "pushed" shadow areas are still darker than the shadow areas in your "before" shot!
You're not in a DR-limited scene. Other than the sun being in frame, that's some might flat dull scenery.
A large part of the lower right corner of my before shot is rendered RGB (0-255) 0,0,0 by the camera's internal jpg engine. In the after shot it's brought up the the mid-20s on average.
Your before shot dark area is about 11,17,20 brought up to about 22,35,42 in the after shot.
My Sol glint is not even clipped in the before shot; 248,247,218 is about the brightest pixel in the small image. In the after shot, it's still 249,246,212 so I'm not pulling my highlights down like in your example either.
My example is a proper ETTR shot to take advantage of the Exmor capabilities; maxing out the exposure at the brightest point in the image and re-curving the entire thing to bring back the tonality that is close to how it was visually perceived.
vs your beforeIf you want to come up with a good comparison, leave the 1DS3 at home, grab a current Digic 4 or 5 body and see if you can replicate this much DR and recovery in one shot.
Thanks for playing tho.
EDIT: bonus point for picking a similar composition