After getting back home I finally got a chance to run an image set through the new HDR PhotoStudio on my Mac. I wrote a post the other day announcing the release of the new Mac version of this software. I finally downloaded a copy while sitting in the airport in San Diego and installed it on my system. I decided that for my first test I would process a group of images that I had just worked with a few days previously in Photomatix Pro. I loaded the bracketed images and began working my way through the processing, which is very different from the workflow in Photomatix. After working with the different controls for a while, I came out with a result that was quite different from most HDR images I had previously created. The difference was that the version processed in HDR PhotoStudio was extremely photo-realistic, but with the expanded detail in the highlight and shadows that defines the very purpose of shooting HDR. This is especially true in the shadow areas, which are full of detail without being overly lightened.
Here are the results from both Photomatix Pro and HDR PhotoStudio, as well as the Normal exposure right out of the camera.