Sunset on a very cloudy evening. This was taken looking up a small rise in the landscape. The advantage of taking shots like this is that you tend to lose most trees/hedges and the like, since they are hidden from view by the hill itself. Of ourse this only works if the hill doesn’t have anything growing on it! If you can get lucky though, the simple, uncluttered scene you are left with can produce a landscape that is just as good, if not better, than those that are crammed with detail and objects.
For this shot, I tried out the open source LuminanceHDR program. This is supposedly a replacement for Photomatix Pro, with the great advantage of being totally free! A comparison of both programs with work in progress shots can be found here.