I nearly gave up on this one, and if you take a look at the original image, you might see why:
It's moderately interesting, but the tonal range was such that I was struggling to bring out the details in the waves, especially in the highlight areas. Anyway, after several hours and half a dozen different versions I gave up and went for a single exposure HDR instead. This is where you use one original RAW file (rather than several differently exposed originals) and use Photomatix to generate a 32bit file that you then tone-map.
Anyway, to cut a long story short, I'm pleased with this version. The only thing I'm not sure about is the white object on the horizon: either it adds interest, or it's a distraction – I can't decide which.
11.35am on 13/12/07|
Canon 1Ds Mark II
EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM
a bit more than minor