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This is not HDR , this is Photoshop technique only Photoshop no plugin i adjust level curve and contrast in any single part of the image in one shot there are all elements in photo , absolutely not HDR even if it looks like it!! I've learn this in seminar by Yervant.
It is a form of localized contrast which is somewhat similar to the "tone mapping" used in HDR and the clarity algorithms in LR.
You may be doing it manually, but the effects are similar, and the halos are huge.