I started off my new year with a beautiful sunrise shoot of South Carolina's Table Rock Mountian and surrounding Mountain Bridge Wilderness. Yes, this is an HDR image and I must admit that I'm really pleased with the way it turned out. The muted colors and tones remind me of a vintage postcard and true to HDR, the image does have a surreal effect. Some images just don't tone-map very well in Photomatrix and, in fact, this was made from a series of five very low-key images. A few minutes after these were capture, the sunlight became much more dramatic. However, the aforementioned images didn't work nearly as well in the software. More experimentation required!
Good luck in 2009!