OK, I finally gave this one a go w/ HDR. When I took this, APP didn't support Fuji RAW files properly and TIF doesn't permit HDR mapping... kind of forgot about this image. I had a previous version, but I don't think I posted it here.
Anyway... I'm dying to give this one a run when TIF support for HDR comes along... hint
Fuji S2 Pro
Sigma 20mm26 source images
: tons of ND Grad on the top layer (at least 3-stop Reverse, maybe more?). Circular polarizer on the bottom to take the reflections off the water and permit you to see the tidepools. -1.7ev fill flash on the bottom rows too to help out w/ the shadow detail that a polarizer tends to cripple.
I took several exposures of the central sun frame and choose the shortest exposure for the hard anchor and then used the key tone mapper to get an even contrast in the image.
This is just a preview taken from a low-res render... I'll wait for HDR TIF support to really get this project going again. Even w/ a pano head there are some ghosts, but you can't see them in this low-res. But I don't want to spend a bunch of time until I have the one that I am going to use as a finished project.