My views of it have been rather mixed as I don't like the artificial look that a lot of people end up with in their images. And then I see better images from more accomplished HDR photographers and like the extended dynamic range of their images. Really, when it comes down to it, the best I can do is try it out for myself and if it works out, I have another style of photography to offer to people. If it doesn't work out to my liking, I can say I gave it a try and just didn't like the outcome.
With that said, here are my first two attempts at creating HDR images. I shot them this morning when the sunrise was underway, with my Nikon set to auto-bracket "+2, +1, 0, -1, -2" to give me a set of five images per HDR file. Once I imported them to Lightroom I selected the five images and selected "merge to HDR in Photoshop". As you can see, I didn't go for wild, extreme effects - instead I tried to keep it more subtle while still having the extended dynamic range in the finished images.
Now it's time to post the first two HDR images from me:
Hope you like them. I plan on continuing my experiments in HDR photography, at least for now, to see if I like the style.