I'm about to blow your (collective) mind. I don't know how many of you have heard of High Dynamic Range (HDR) images, but for those who have not, google-image it right now and then come back.
The eyes/brain can see a much larger dynamic range than cameras can capture, so photographers use HDR to recreate all the detail and then enhance it even further. Basically, the photographer takes 3 exposures of the same subject, with one normally exposed, one underexposed, and one overexposed. A photo editing program then combines the best parts of each exposure into one "super-exposure".
Here is my first fairly successful attempt at making an HDR image:
This is near Pompey's Pillar, another tourist attraction in Alex. The sky is a little too dark, but otherwise I like how it came out.
Pompey's Pillar...but it has nothing to do with the famous Roman
The Roman amphitheater in Alex.
Playing Gladiator in the Roman amphitheater!