Another very nice shot! If I might be so bold as to offer a constructive criticism though: to my eye the HDR downrender has left the land forming the V around the sky looking a bit like you've used too much of the burn tool in Photoshop. You might be able to correct this with a bit of tweaking of the HDR settings.
Alternatively I might be tempted to stitch two versions of this shot - one of all the shots exposed for land detail and one set eposed for sky detail and then place them on separate layers in Photoshop and use a mask to place the properly exposed sky into the shot with properly exposed land. It looks as though there are some strong highlights on the trees in the foreground and some great colour in the water that have been dulled by the HDR process, and this masking technique might bring those out better.
Hello ckiely and Jeefus ! I personally love this shot and think it has a great potential.
Jeffus : To me water color is ok, do you think it could have more contrast ? ckiely: Color variations between bottom and top of the trees seems a bit strange to me. It looks like yo had simply disabled color correction, letting the blender do the gradient.
Maybe you can get better results tuning color correction anchors. You can try to modify anchors to get the "right exposure" in several zone, and some pertinent anchors.
ps : do the bracketted shots have a same aperture ?
The image is very contrasty at the moment which I am not too pleased with. One of the issues that I am facing is that the HDR (to me) puts out a very low contrast image no matter what I do. Then when do edit them in PS I have some difficulty getting the contrast where it needs to be.
The major image file that I am working on has about 9 adjustment layers, so still plenty of room to work with this image!
PS yes, same f-stop, just about -6ev on the shutter speed.