I am still discovering the new version of the Photomatix. For a while, I was using almost exclusively CS5. Then I discovered that I am eligible for the upgrade to newer version of Photomatix. It not only solve my problem of lack of connection between Photmatix and Lightroom, which was making my life a bit more difficult. It also came with presets.
It is really interesting to click through those presets. They are not only well made. It also gives you so many different interpretations of the image. And I am not talking about those over-the-board HDR effects with details enhanced to the point is not acceptable anymore. But just by changing the relation of shadows to highlight and overall brightness of the image, the atmosphere of the scene changes just with one click. I really like some of Fusion presets. Enhancer B&W gives you an idea how turning it into monochrome would look. But I typically choose one of other Enhancer presets and do my typical workflow from there, with finishing off in Lightroom, mostly to recover contrast.
And if you think you would like to check it out yourself, and have never used Photomatix (or made an HDR image), watch this short tutorial from Trey Ratcliff.
Many of you visiting the blog know, that I participate in several affiliate programs. Photomatix is not one of them (although I would not mind at all!). I talk about them on the blog, because I use their product for many years now, and it works for me just fine.
Meantime, take a look at this image of the medieval chapel. I took it, handheld, in The Cloisters. It is a branch of Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and a place where medieval art is displayed. They also have a beautiful garden with abundance of European plants- fruits, herbs- as you would see as part of the medieval monastery.