I'm almost finished my big West Virginia post that I've been promising, but not quite. Here is another teaser image from that series. This image was taken below Elakala Falls #1, but facing in the opposite direction (downstream). Elakala Falls is located on Shay Run, Blackwater Falls State Park, Davis, WV.
I agonized quite a bit about how to properly process this image. I'm not a huge fan of HDR or overprocessing, but the dynamic range in this scene exceeded my camera's ability to capture it in one image. Knowing that I couldn't hold detail in both the sunset lit trees and the dark shaded banks of Shay Run, I did take bracketed shots in the field for use in an HDR image. Back on the computer I decided that HDR was definitely the way to go. I chose a set bracketed at one stop intervals (8, 15, and 30 seconds at f/16). After a few minor color, clarity, and contrast adjustments in Lightroom synched to all three images, I imported them to Photomatix Pro (ver. 3.2) and tone mapped them using the Details Enhancer at a strength of 80. After reimporting to Lightroom I made some exposure and contrast adjustments to the final image, then exported to Photoshop where I used Lab sharpening to sharpen the final image for display.
Note that the glassy texture of the water is not a side effect of the HDR process, but rather the long exposure times required at this time of day in the shaded stream bed.