I've run the image through CS5's HDR Toning and changed the crop to Landscape. My tastes in HDR are to try to avoid immediate recognition that HDR/HDR Toning was involved (read: subtle). However, sometimes over-the-top = gritty = cool.
Sat 16-Feb-13 12:42 PM | edited Sat 16-Feb-13 12:42 PM by Antero52
I haven't seen the original, non-HDR-toned version. But at least in this version the rider stands out quite nicely, as already noted by others. But without seeing the original I can't say if HDR toning has made the background audience stand out as well. On the other hand, I'm currently viewing this on my new(ish) laptop whose display is brigher and contrastier than the display of my main computer. So, with this disclaimer I'd like to suggest slightly lowering contrast and saturation in the background, to make the rider stand out even better.
I like the original in portrait mode best. If it was lightened a little it would be very, very nice. In this image, there is a grain that I didn't see in the original. Perhaps the brightness of both subject and background in this version could be somewhere between the two versions, IMHO. Regardless, you got wonderful selective focus on the biker.