HDR, when done properly and to the right type of image, can look awesome. I’ve seen a lot of fake HDR done by just oversaturating and burning… halos everywhere. Real HDR is by taking 3 or more exposures of the same scene and carefully meshing them together. There are specific programs to do it in. I had a college professor who did a lot of HDR with his Lake Tahoe images and it was breathtaking.