Yesterday wasn't HDR.
I found your answers to the HDR questionnaire to be absolutly fascinating. I really do appreciate all your views, it's helped me a lot. What I was doing was trying to do was fiddle with the various parameters that would give me a much wider tonal range without the end result looking false.
The difference between over-cooking it, and it not being noticable seems as much as anything to be to do with "Local contrast"-if things look "Too granular" or "Too clear" it's seen as an HDR image.
The other thing I've learnt is that you need to adjust the "Spread of the shots" depending on the light, "One size doesn't fit all". Anyway, thanks again for your thoughts, I really appreciate it (If anyone wants to know what settings I've ended up with, please lemme know, and I would be happy to pass them on)
Just as dusk approaches(That's about 4pm at the moment) a large flock of starlings flies above the pier, and finally settles after about 15 minutes
Brits love having stupid collective nouns, so a large flock of Starlings is called a "murmuration", just like a large flock of crows is called a "murder"
200 mm (35mm equiv.)