My christmas present for myself this year was to do something fun: Grab the camera, tripod and other gear and head out. The theme of the day was long exposure photography in Hammarby Sjöstad, a residential area just south of the inner city of Stockholm.
Upon trying out the first site, I realized that if I was going to capture the colored lights as well as any kind of background, I would have to do this in HDR. So HDR it was. Normally, HDR is some kind of "last resort" for me - like panoramas, the post-processing time simply explodes - but this time I think I walked away not just with some nice shots, I got my HDR workflow trimmed to something that I can live with. I wouldn't call it "fast", but at least it allows me to crank HDR shots through post processing approximately as fast as I can take them.