This is the result of the next tutorial that I’m working on which should be available in a few days. This is a single exposure HDR technique that produces more realistic results but still maintains some added pop. I use Photoshop to blend a single exposure together. Then I lightly tone mapped the image using Photomatix. I also used Topaz Adjust for extra contrast in the waves. Video tutorial on producing this type of realistic HDR photo will be available soon. Until then check out my premium tutorials with my Life Time HDR Membership.
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Software I use for processing my photos:
Photomatix Pro – Used for creating high dynamic range.
Topaz Plugins – Photoshop enhancement plugin.
Picasa – Free photo management program.
PS Elements – Used for post processing HDR images.
Lightroom – For adding the finishing touch.