The body of water to the left is Crystal Springs Reservoir in San Mateo, CA. The reservoir sits in a small valley formed by the San Andreas Fault.
My recipe for this shot:
1. I started with 7 source images, which I processed in Photomatix Pro and exported to a 16-bit TIFF file.
2. I imported the TIFF into Lightroom and basically just did spot removal and lightly reduced the noise before exporting it to JPEG.
3. Next I opened the JPEG in Photoshop and used the Unsharp Mask filter, which does a really nice job of sharpening edges without oversharpening. After that, I added my border and logo and ta-da it was ready for upload!
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=> All of my HDR photos can be found here.
=> IF you're interested in learning about HDR, I suggest you also check out Trey Ratcliff (Flickr handle: Stuck in Customs). Trey is widely considered an HDR guru/expert/pioneer. His website has a few free basic instructional videos on how to create HDR images, as well as information on how to learn more advanced techniques.