I look at other people's photos, spend time on Instagram and such, and the more photos I see (and the more I like, because I like all type of photography), the more I am drawn to HDR.
If you google it and and follow the tutorials, it looks - in the end - not so difficult after all. All you have to do is take a bunch of bracketed photos and then process them together with the help of a software. The end result can be close to reality (just a little enhanced to give you that HD feeling), or something that really makes you go: "WOW!!".
And this is exactly it: I like the "WOW" part. Period. I like the feeling that... you know it's an edited HDR pic (for else how the heck could someone have taken a photo like that straight with his/her camera?), and so you consider the editing for what it can tell you. It's the editing that makes it art.
You have to find a balance - a way to express your feelings and emotion when editing a photo as a HDR.
The pics above were taken at Cervo, a medieval town on the Ligurian coast. It's one of those corners that appear on postcards and such - one of the many picture-perfectspots the village offers. On the right is an unedited pic that shows you what the place looks like.