Time for a new Aperture 3 Preset!! I know, I know.. please contain your excitement! P
I have been sitting on this preset for awhile waiting to bring it out. I don't know why exactly, but I felt that it simply was not ready I guess. I tweaked this preset a couple of times before I felt it was "right" and ready to offer. So let's get to it.
HDR is not something you can accomplish easily with one photo nor is the effect something that is desirable for every photo, but that does not mean that you should ignore it. There are times when the "HDR" look can work in favor of the photo.
The preset that I made is in NO way performing some mashup of multiple photos, but it is leveraging the ability to pull date from the shadows and highlights to create a somewhat surreal image. This preset creates that "over cooked" look you get from in some HDR images. There will be halos in the images and if you have dust spots WATCH OUT.. they will show up, but it is a neat effect.
So grab the preset and see what you can make out of it.