I'm someone who enjoys a more extreme #HDR look, but it is isn't always appropriate and sometimes a more subtle approach is preferable.
I've re-visited some shots of the Groyne Lighthouse taken last month - still an HDR conversion, but compare to the less subtle shot of the same subject below! Reduced the strength and microcontrast mainly.
EXIF: Canon EOS-1D Mark III, f/4 @ 85 mm, 1/800, ISO 100
More extreme HDR!: