A couple years ago, I played around with HDR a lot, but for some reason, HDR lost its charm with me. Lately, I have been looking at various photographers’ (including Barry Armer’s) HDR work. As a result, I got the bug to give HDR another try.
I was downtown Houston trying to find a site for an upcoming shoot when I saw this early morning scene of Cabo. I used HDR to capture the full range of the scene. I shot five frames in the aperture priority mode at -2, -1, 0, +1 and +2 EVs. I used Photomatix to merge the five frames and tone map the final image.
I wanted the final image to show all the details that my eyes were seeing.
Camera settings: Nikon D3, Nikon 28-70mm f/2.8 at 62mm shot at ISO 200, f/4 and 1/15th of a second and on a tripod for the 0 EV exposure.
Lightroom—Set white and black points.
Photoshop—used Noise Ninja to reduce noise in the photograph.