High Dynamic Range Photography
Lately, I have been experimenting with High Dynamic Range Photography, also known as HDR. Basically, you take a series of exposures of the same scene, with a tripod, ranging from very overexposed to very underexposed. Then in Adobe Photoshop CS2, you can merge the photos to HDR and get all the detail in the shadows the highlights, without blowing out either end. HDR is supposed to mimic the way the human eye actually sees. Here are some examples from Xcalak, using the Local Adaptation option.
More HDR of these and other subjects here.