In order to get an HDR image you need to have at least 3 different exposures. Your AEB/EV button on your camera can change them for you. The standard is to go with -2 EV, 0 EV, +2 EV. If you have a DSLR most likely there is an option to where it will take three different shots at once with one click of the button, look under exposure bracketing for that. Once you have three different images with different exposures and you put them together you will get a picture with three times the detail and color, each adding a different characteristic to the photo. I'm sure there are different ways to explain it and there are tons of tutorials online to check out as well, that's how I learned.
It's a great shot, strong composition and some pretty clear effort put into creating it, but the fact that it's an HDR will make me look at it and instantly disregard it as hackish (even though it is not)... everyone is entitled to their opinions on the matter but simply because of who is using/abusing HDR (i.e. mostly shit photographers on flickr who take contrived and pointless pictures of old cars and palm trees and then just dry-hump the colors to shit in photoshop) it makes me dismiss it. Like I said before, it is a good photo but why HDR? WHY?
More of a test just to try it,I have never done one of this nature or caliber and just wanted to see if it would even turn out- purely practice my friend. Totally agree with you that HDR is abused by idiots who can make it look very sluggish. This one is definitely not a keeper-didn't even watermark it, I don't really like the effect too much. Keep your eyes peeled though, working on putting together a night shot with about 25 30-60 second shutters, no HDR. Appreciate the input, I will see if I can use some of the +2 EV shots and put together a regular one non-HDR for ya.