None of these shots do much for me. I know it's said if you can't say anything nice at all then don't say it but HDR makes me break those rules every time. The halo around the building, the gamma-ey nasty clouds, the OTT colours etc etc - just not for me. Sorry.
Don't be sorry, we get it - you don't like HDR photography
... but seriously, photography itself is a subjective matter, I've known people who do not like photos taken even by Ansel Adams ... so it doesn't matter who likes and who does not, as long as there is a unique feature available in the camera, it is worth exploring and strive to make photos that appeal to the photographer in us. There are lots of amazing locations in the world where weather or the time of day does not yield a good photo ... e.g. when we go on a guided tour/holiday, inevitably we always end up arriving at the location several hours after sunrise (and almost during harsh mid-day sun) ... and because we are in a rush we end up taking whatever shot is possible with our cameras with whatever little time we have ... the only option we have after that is spend a great deal of time post processing the photo. But with cameras like 5D MK III you can get a cool looking shot using the in-camera HDR feature. If it weren't for the in-camera HDR, the photo I've posted above would have looked really washed out and stupid straight out of the camera ... but with the in-camera HDR feature, I am able to upload it here, a hand-held shot, without any post processing ... now that is ultimate convenience. I could have spent some time on post processing to make the darker side of the sky to look same as the nicer blue side, but that would no longer be an in-camera HDR shot ... both photos I've uploaded here are straight out of the 5D MK III without
any post processing. Kudos to all the people who posted their 5D MK III in-camera HDR photos here, not only is it inspiring to look at other peoples work, I think it also, in a small way, helps people to make an informed decision about getting a camera like the 5D MK III.
The last one works OK for me though - was that taken with a 24-70ii? Sunburst looks familiar...
Nope ... it was made with 16-35 f/2.8 L II ... at f/16 ... 17mm ... ISO 100 ... Av mode ... auto White Balance ... Standard Picture Style ... due to a previous photo shoot, and over sight on my part, the Metering was set to Evaluative and Exposure compensation was set to +1