This is a follow up shot to my post from 2 days ago where I showed the lower falls at McKinney Falls State Park. In this shot you can see the upper falls in all their glory. All the rain we have had has really got the water volume cranking. I usually prefer not to post similar shots so close together, but I really liked this one and in this case this one was shot with Pete Talke's 12-24mm wide angle Nikon lens (thanks Pete!). I don't yet have one of those fancy things, so he loaned me his and I got a few shots done. It really does make a difference! I am intrigued and will have to plop down some dough in the future for some new glass.
This is a 6 exposure HDR taken at f/20. The exposures range from +2 to -3. We were there mid-morning and the sun was high and bright already (it seems spring is starting here) so I had plenty of light to work with, hence the narrow aperture. I created the HDR in Photomatix and then made my normal adjustments in PSE, focusing on Contrast, Hue/Saturation and Unsharp Mask. Then I had to remove some spots on the lens which I did in Aperture - I had gotten a little spray on the lens during an earlier shot. Lastly, I ran the shot through Topaz Adjust to give it a little "pop". Enjoy!