The top two images are from a previous post showing the image after coming out of HDR efex pro, the the same image after doing some light painting in Photoshop CS5. I like the second image better than any of the straight out of camera image and the straight out of HDR software image but it still wasn’t right, what I envisioned as the finished image. I walked away from the image for awhile, when I got back to it I took the light painted image into nik software HDR efex pro to rework it. With quite a bit of structure added to the image as well as some tonal control we have made the image look more like what I think it should.
I do this a lot. Walking away from an image and coming back to it days, weeks, even months later to rework it.