Nice job, Very natural looking, which I assume was your intent. Nice job of holding detail in the foreground while not blowing out the sky. I would like to see a bit more shadow detail in the dark areas on the far side of the pool, but I'm a fanatic about shadow detail. Others might not agree.
Yes, I was trying to represent as much as possible what my eyes saw rather than create an outrageous color pallet. Although I can't be sure, I think the vegetation you're referring looked pretty black when I was there.
Sat 18-May-13 05:11 AM | edited Sat 18-May-13 05:13 AM by Wingman
My feeling on that one is that even when I'm striving for a "natural" look I still want the image to read well for the viewer. As a viewer I'm bothered by large black areas in a photograph. In my work one of the things I value with HDR is its ability to pull something out of those areas without an outrageous color pallet.Photographs generally just look better to me with something visible in those shadows.
As I said though, you still did a very nice job here.
Edited to add: I'm viewing this on an old crappy monitor. Those shadows may well look much better when I get back to my good machine...