I’ve found that it doesn’t take very much effort to transform pretty bland pictures into more intense visual expressions. As you can see, only a few minor adjustments can make a big difference.
Processing: Five images, exposed from -2 to +2 ev, were loaded into Nik HDR Efex Pro and tone mapped to bring out more details in the meters and bricks. Photoshop Hue/Saturation handled the color balancing along with High Pass filter for sharpening. And finally, HDR Toning for the “Just Beyond Reality” version above.
Equipment: Nikon D700 with 20-35mm f/3.5-4.5 lens set at f/22, ISO 200. Handheld.