I have upgraded to a Canon EOS 70D DSLR and I am also recovering from surgery. I really wanted to get out and take some photos and the only time I could get a ride was on a dreary rainy day.
The first picture pretty much sums up the look of the day.
I had read about shooting RAW images and started doing so with this camera. I have also been reading up on HDR (High Dynamic Range) photography. In HDR photography you generally take 3 photos, one properly exposed and then one under exposed and one over exposed. Using PaintShop or Photshop, the images are combined into one, bringing out many details that are lost in a single picture. Playing in PaintShop, I discovered it can take a RAW file and process the 3 different images needed to create a HDR photo.
The bottom photo was created using that process. I also increased the vibrancy and added some local tone mapping. I was impressed with the result.