I've still got quite a few shots to post from my trip to Austin (TX) but thought I'd post this one first. It's one of two images I shot yesterday, both of which were taken on Blackpool beach: facing south towards the South Pier. And in case you're wondering about the processing ... I was out shooting with a one-to-one client who wanted to learn more about shooting and processing HDR images so shot a range of brackets, including a few like this one that included the sun.

When I ran this sequence through Photomatix though I wasn't especially happy with any of the tone mapped variants I came up with so decided to manually blend three of the original exposures (the darkest shot, two EV lighter, and two EV lighter again). The net result is a rather moody, dark image, but given that the sky contained a lot of interesting detail I'm happy with the end result.

If you hover your mouse over the 'show the original' link (bottom-right of the image) you'll see the three shots I used to construct the final version.

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10.12am on 10/2/11
Canon 5D Mark II
EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM
16mm
f/11.0
1/8000, 1/2000, & 1/500
manual
n/a
evaluative
100
no
RAW
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Photoshop CS5
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