Today’s photos are exactly the same as yesterday but now I’ve had a chance to finish the post processing and the difference is pretty remarkable. (To recap, they are based on this tutorial by Trey Ratcliff) Basically the rest of the process was to use each of the original photos as layers under the tone-mapped image and then mask out areas of the tone-mapped images onto the more accurate original exposures. This gets rid of a lot of ghosting and areas that have either been blown out or are un-realistically darkened like the sky.
I’ve also done the standard sharpening and one of the images has been rotated slightly to make for a better vertical alignment.
I think the sky could use further work but isn’t too bad and I came up against diminishing returns and a tendency to twiddle too much :-)