I'm out of mod points, so I can't help there, but damn straight, get the dynamic range up there.
Right now, cameras can't get even close to the mark 1 eyeball where dynamic range is concerned.
I'll raise you on the wikipedia entry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High_dynamic_range_imaging
Yes, there are people "abusing" the HDR process and producing things that "just don't look right" to many people, but done right, it's awesome.
This should be in the camera, not in post-processing SW.