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I am coming in a bit late on your thread here, but it's been great to see the interaction of others and how much better I like your last version then the first one you posted. You are definitely on the right track now. I think you could bump the saturation up a bit now in it, and especially along the horizon, using a layer mask to just isolate the horizon and to get the orange there to pop a bit more like it would with the sun right behind it would help.
And as you are discovering, there is lot's to learn when it comes to processing. You just need to dig in like you did here with the help of others and start playing and working with the various options. One thing for sure as Dan mentioned in the beginning, you are shooting with a D800E, and our dynamic range with the D800's is really awesome. HDR, unless you want some stylized effect, isn't really needed. Simple blends handle the majority of our shooting situations. Are you using Capture NX2?