Perhaps its a hold over from my film days, but doesn't anyone just shoot a great photo without a bunch of photoshop or HDR. Please don't get me wrong, I completely appreciate the talent of you who know the intricacies of Photoshop and Silver EFX Pro and the like. But what happened to the simplicity of composing a great image and exposing it correctly?
plenty of people do (as pinnaclephotography clearly demonstrates). when you start off digital shooting it always seems like everyone's using effects and filters these days but after a while you look around and find there are plenty of very talented folks that are shooting excellent files straight out-of-camera.
but please, don't go down the road of "the simplicity of film" making "great images". most of the "great" landscape work in the film days was anything BUT simple. and your compose-and-shoot bliss only existed because of all the work being performed by the chemicals in the darkroom. we are now our own one-stop-shops for film processing, and so we have to do digitally what was performed by a negative bath under red lights before.
I know, because I was there, processing Ilford film back then. lots of others on this forum were around for the glory days of film too. what we do now to get a great image is no better or worse than what we did then to get a great image. it still involves composition, color, form, proper technique, and an artist's eye.