I don’t personally advocate that you do this very often as your percentage of keepers will be quite low. However, there are times when use of a tripod will be impractical if not entirely impossible, but you still want an HDR image. (I must confess that in this specific instance I was able to get similar results with a single frame and Nik Software’s Color Efex Pro 4. The one I show later in the post looks a little different and was done with Dark Contrasts followed by Bleach Bypass. However, these single frame versions don’t allow you to see into the shadows quite as well and have more noise.)
For the method, what you will do is set your camera for an auto exposure bracketing sequence; I chose the base exposure, -2EV and +2EV. Then brace yourself as well as possible and fire off several sequences; the idea here is that you will go back to your computer and try each of the sequences until you find one that works. With several to choose from and the software’s ability to align the images, I’m pretty certain you’ll find one.
For the post, I personally use Nik Software’s HDR Efex Pro 4. Have the auto align feature turned on and try the various sequences. Here I went with settings to give the hyperreal look.
Finally, the single frame processed with Dark Contrasts and Bleach Bypass in Nik Software’s Color Efex Pro 4.