Another one of my forays into HDR territory. This photo was taken during out latest hike along the beautiful Sonoma Coast while the rain clouds broke for a while. I do not know who the hiker is, however it caught my attention when I saw him all alone walking on the plain.
Using Adobe Camera Raw, I created six copies of the original raw file, changing the exposure value on each copy and saving them as a 16-bit TIFF. Subsequently I combined all the resulting TIFF in Photomatix Pro and chose the Fusion Enhanced preset. Lastly, the file was processed in Adobe Photoshop CS5 to improve the detail and to add the frame.
Note: I finally had the chance to use my Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS USM zoom lens and I absolutely LOVE it! It is a heavy lens, but used on bright light I was able to hand-hold the camera with this lens mounted on it and the Image Stabilization feature did a great job helping to eliminate movement blur.
Technical data: f/8.0, 1/500th sec, ISO 100.