I generally shoot 7 frames for my HDR’s, and depending on the outcome generally use all of them. However, I find that sometimes I get all I need out of a single exposure. This was just what happened with this shot.
It was blue hour early one morning in San Francisco, and I had my Nikon pointed at the Bay Bridge, which is pretty common for me when I visit that town. I fired all 7 like normal, but when it came time to process, I really just liked this single exposure all by itself. In this case, HDR didn’t really help me any.
That doesn’t happen a lot, and it depends on what look you are trying to achieve with the shot, but when it does happen it sure makes the processing a little quicker!