HDR Image - Halloran Summit Sphynx

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This is my first experiment with HDR photography - taken of a favorite landmark which I call the Halloran Summit Sphynx, visible from the south-bound side of the I-15 in California, not far from the Nevada state border.

Can you see the sphynx?

HDR photography is taken with 3 (or more) bracketed exposures from identical locations and lenses.  Here it was a Sigma 50mm lens on my 5Dmkii at f/16, ISO 100, at 1/100th, 1/250th and 1/40th of a second shutter speed. I composited the exposures in Photomatix 5 Pro and finsihed it in Photoshop CS6.

I really like the color and light distribution in these images.

In retrospect I should have used my 20mm lens to capture a wider view, or perhaps my 24-70 at ~28mm wide. That way I would not have cut off the "front paw" section in the one image or the back end in the other. Oh well, live and learn.

HDR Halloran Summit Sphynx
HDR Halloran Summit Sphynx 2