It really shows the power of raw . Although it's still not easy to get a perfect exposure (which you did!) in a scene like this even with the higher dynamic range you have with raw. That's why I asked if was multiple exposures.
I've tried HDR and manual exposure blending but i don't like it. Too much work. It's also difficult when the wind blows and the foliage changes in every exposure. If the dynamic range is so large that it surpasses what can be captured in RAWm i'll just let it blow out.