"did you say you were a beginner? these photos look advanced to me. I could not tell you what to do at all. i would not touch them. Everyone will give a different opinion.... thanks for sharing and for the details."
"If you don't mind learning a bit of basic photo editing you could use Gimp. It is very similar to photoshop in it's layer usage and can be used to create HDR images in a basic form. Though for true HDR you may want to consider photomatix…"
"I want to add something about the first shot. I have had situations like this, with high contrast. It normally calls for a high-dynamic range approach, but that isn't so easy unless you have a tripod, and the patience to work through it with…"
You have to look at this one expanded to get the message. The placement of the subject's head at other than a usual thirds-rule center-of-interest adds an uneasiness, which actually works for the title of this photograph.…"