Shooting into the very bright sky on this occasion so I bracketed 3 exposures and processed in Oloneo HDR. The object of the exercise was to make the image look natural. Have I succeeded?
Tripod used fairly close to the ground, though I wish I had gone a little lower.
Posted By banehawi : Mod2, statue a little brighter.
Posted By alistairfarrugia : Desaturated and targeted the "halo" around the statue by selecting the sky and cloud portions touching the statue, ensuring that the white halo was picked by the magic wand, and applying a soft/blur in Paint Shop Pro (yep, I don't have Photoshop...)
I think the result looks more like an out of camera shot this way, and I based my mod on the HDR variant (v1).