Not sure if I like this but I did a simple three step of a fairly even exposed photo and made it an HDR in three simple steps but not in the camera. Simply +2 over exposed, even exposed, and -2 under exposed. Saved all three and used the HDR Pro in CS5. The picture really came out crappy so I decided to try taking it in a direction from there by painting it.
Well, this is what it turned out to be. Looks a little more like pencil coloring to me. The leaves are too speckled for my liking but then had I had the original in a split screen mode I may have done better. It came out washed out, should have saved a copy of that as well. I turned it into a b/w before painting the colors back in. Some dodging was done but not much. Mostly a paint brush.