HDR Practice

I have been shooting multiple exposures for some of my photos since I saw Ben Wilmore do a couple of segments about HDR photography on a vidcast  I used to watch called PixelPerfect with Bert Monroy. That was in 2008. I have been trying this technique for almost four years and never really found that my results where satisfactory. I was only using PhotoShop’s merge to HDR Pro and the trial of PhotoMatix which seemed to work fairly well but then I purchased SnapSeed for my Ipad and was impressed so purchased HDR Efex Pro to help with the processing the images and this is my first published result ever. For the next few posts  I’m going to try to reprocess some of my older attempts to see what I get. I was trying to keep the image from looking like your typical HDR image. What do you think?