It isn't that this is something to be agreed with - it's just that your style of photography doesn't benefit from capturing a single frame with a high dynamic range.
These are big ifs. Just because this is when you put down your camera, doesn't mean it's when I put down my camera.
You are right, this is about my preferences and I did not intent to generalize.
But I'd be interesting to know: what are the practical situations where you'd crave for more DR? I personally never encountered a situation where I thought "uh, if I just had more DR, this crappy picture would have been great".
Can turn into this shot:
But even with a fair amount of local NR there's still noise and I realistically have to turn colour NR up a bunch more:
For this shot what I was looking for was getting the castle in the background and the party in the foreground in softer light, but to lift this afterwards. I could have used a flash but I don't think it gives the same look...
I've got a bunch of similar examples - usually where I'm trying to get detail back into a cloudy sky or pull detail back from the shadows on a sunny day Weddings just don't allow me to be perfect 'cos they happen too quick.
Anyway That's what I'd use it for. I know the landscape guys would like to be able to push the shadows a lot to create single frame HDR and I can see the attraction for that, especially where there's movement in the scene.
I think it's like high ISO - everyone years ago said "you don't need it" but when people had it they started to use it and now they wouldn't want to go back.