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I prefer the HDR version better mostly because of the detail/contrast/pop in the foreground/grass area. I would agree that the sky is a bit contrasty on the HDR version ... but I think you can smoothen or tone it down slightly with some noise reduction. That usually works for me.
That's a great shot, Jordan. The composition really works for me. But I like the first version better. Especially the clouds in the HDR version look too contrasty, to me. The BW is also too punchy for the scene/content, IMO. But the original shot - love it. I'm also shooting you a PM regarding your X-E1 and Olympus m4/3 cameras.