High Dynamic Range Photography

It is worth trying HDR photography.

All you need is a tripod and a camera that can take 3 shots at different exposure values above and below a correct exposure.

You them Merge them using a PC running Photomatix, Photoshop or Paint Shop Pro.

The above one is exaggerated to demonstrate the effect and tonemapped. This is how they do holiday postcards.  
Here are some I did earlier still with the colours over the top as a project.  
Brisbane Sunset   Catbells, Keswick  
Blencathra , Keswick   Scales Tarn, Blencathra  
Below is a more near normal use of the HDR process.      
Ashness Bridge, Derwentwater, Keswick.