One of the techniques I use in getting good local contrast in my HDR images is Topaz Adjust. Here’s how: I process the HDR normally in Photomatix or HDR Expose and then run the 16 bit output through Topaz Adjust for some fine tuning. It works great! You can try it for yourself with the free trial version from Topaz Labs.
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