Thanks to Deb I started to use Advanced Tone Mapping script for GIMP. I discovered it actually works like so called fake HDR effects. As a result one gets ghostly aura around edges, which I call as a “grief edge” (black border) often used in death notices. So, although the amount of effect can be increased with the ‘Copies of merged layer’ setting, I strongly advice to keep it within 1 to 2.
Next I will try also some other “fake HDR” scripts like this one: http://registry.gimp.org/node/11776
One need to know the enemy in order to beat it :knight: As some of my readers know, I’m not a great fan of any sort of HDR because it easily makes the picture look just unnatural. I have nothing against surreal, but for me HDR is more like going to the “dark side”… :insane: