I nearly gave up on this one, and if you take a look at the original image, you might see why:

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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.

captured
camera
lens
focal length
aperture
shutter speed
shooting mode
exposure bias
metering mode
ISO
flash
image quality
RAW converter
cropped?
11.35am on 13/12/07
Canon 1Ds Mark II
EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM
200mm
f/5.6
1/400
aperture priority
+0.0
evaluative
100
no
RAW
Photomatix Pro
a bit more than minor
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