That was hand held and braketed which is very unprofessional. ;) Luckily it worked anyways. Always use a tripod for bracketing and HDR.
Here's my first attempt at HDR. As a reference, the first image is the middle exposure in the bracket. (-2, 0, +2 if my memory serves.)
This is the culmination of my HDR attempt using Photoshop CS2 only, Merge to HDR, and some tweaking until it didn't look crappy.
I'm not stoked about the loss of definition in the two mountain ranges in the BG, nor the ultra-black foreground foliage. There's also a bit of movement in one or all of the exposures as I don't have the IR remote or a cable release.
Either way, I'm curious to see if you guys think the HDR shot is too processed, not processed enough, or what.
i plan on trying my hand at HDR tomorrow evening at sunset since my office is on the beach in hermosa but i dunno if i can stick around work long enough to catch sunset, i have a great (hopefully) shot in mind. as a recreation of this
My way over processed HDR: