However here was the challenge. I knew that I could not go at sunset or sunrise to shoot some straw bales that were all over the area around McKinney Texas before they got picked up - the sweat I could take but the light yuk. I had to do something as the strawbales were way to inviting to not shoot.
Now let me say categorically that there is no substitution for awesome light. However, I was able to get the shots wrt decent composition standards of at least for a hack like me and get the quality to at least pretty cool by two methods - Photomatix HDR processing and Topaz B&W Effects. I would not rate myself as awesome but I am pretty happy with the results.