Unfortunately, I couldn't get much EXIF info on the photo. I don't think this is an HDR
Every time I try to do something similar to this, the original image (shot in RAW) is blown out. I try to (under)expose for the horizon to keep it from blowing out. Then in post (via Lightroom), I'll pull the highlights slider down, bump up the shadows, and then adjust the whites left-of-center, and blacks a little right-of-center. Obviously add saturation, etc.
Buuuuuttt it doesn't quite come out anywhere as close as I'd like.
Anyone know the secret behind these images? Maybe exposure blending? If so, could someone provide a resource on how to do it? I haven't been able to find any decent exposure blending tutorials (or software). I use a Mac, so a lot of the software to do such things is unavailable to me for the most part.
Image not by me, but by another photographer to whom I do not have the name: http://25.media.tumblr.com …2evVeQE1royd1oo1_1280.jpg