To HDR or not

I am experimenting with HDR images. There is probably fine line in the middle and I have yet to find it.

The image above is standard image

The image below is the HDR image

The HDR image looks surreal and almost dream-like.  The challenge in this image is the fact the sky is completely blown out and creates a massive backlight.  From an artistic point of view I enjoy working with the HDR version of the image but from a journalistic point of view I prefer the raw image.

I have an old bias, having been a photojournalist much earlier in my professional life I believe that photos should largely be untouched other than maybe adjusting the brightness and contrast similar to what we used to do in our dark rooms.

If I can learn to dial in the HDR tools a bit more I would lean towards using an HDR version of this image.