Together with symmetry in the image above it works pretty well and results in a quite interesting and pleasing image. Also I wanted the gates of the Temple of Debod to invite the viewer to walk through them.
In this case I manually blended 6 exposures (so no Photomatix Pro preset today...). I took 7 but eventually decided to reject the darkest one (-3 EV) as I could easily restore highlights using -2 EV and -1 EV images.
Camera: Canon 5D MK II
Lens: Canon 24-105 f/4 L IS USM
Focal length: 35 mm
Exposure time: 5 s ("middle" exposure)
Number of exposures: 7
E.V. Step: 1
Flash used: no
Filters: ND8 neutral density filter
Software: Magic Lantern 2.3, Lightroom 4.2, Photoshop CS6