I almost never shoot shots in HDR. There’s something gimmicky about it. I rarely see it done in a way that it enhances the photos but there are certain times when the technique is absolutely mandatory. This is just a 3-shot HDR done 2-stops under, even, and 2-stops over. A properly exposed shot, according to the camera’s meter, will result in a blown out sky and a darker foreground. But on this day, where the sky was drop-dead gorgeous, I couldn’t get the image I wanted unless I stacked various exposures. This was a manual HDR done in Photoshop. All the areas I wanted to hide were masked away from each exposure resulting in the final image below.