Thanks for the kind words - This shot actually happened after 2 trips over 2 years and 5 hikes before everything actually fell in place for a photo. 5 different times I'd set up in this spot only to have everything fizzle out at sunset. I was THRILLED when this finally happened!
Thanks again everyone! :)
Earthlight: Brilliant! Manual HDR?
Thanks - And yes, a couple shots manually blended in PS - mostly just for the sun and the area right around it.
Thanks for the kind words and the votes! :)
Thanks for the kind words everyone :)
Wow - this is so cool! I can't believe it won - there were so many awesome entries! Thanks for voting everyone!
Thanks for the nice comments :)
It's at Mesquite Dunes in Death Valley and it's a two shot manual blend - one for the sky / dunes / most of the photo and another to keep the sun and area immediately around it under control.
Wow, didn't know this photo would stir up so many people! It's a two shot blend - one for the sky, one for everything else. Although it may not look it in the photo, a blended shot was the only way to capture the tonal range in the image - otherwise parts of the the sky would be blown out and the image would would hit the 'ol recycle bin on the PC.
I too prefer to capture an image in a single shot, but sometimes it's just not do-able.