In the Dominican Republic right now teaching a workshop for Photo Quest Adventures. We have been exploring Santo Domingo and the coastline, beautiful scenery and friendly people.
One new piece of software I have really been having fun with is Nik HDR Efex Pro. Unlike other HDR software, this plugin shows you versions of how your image will look after the effect, and you still have lots of control to further adjust the look once you choose the effect. No more guessing on sliders and amounts, just choose the category such as ‘realistic’ or ‘surreal’, then choose the effect in this category. The software will do the traditional method of merging bracketed exposures together to get detail in a high contrast scene, and it also works well with a single image for more creative looks. The image above was a single shot processed using Efex Pro.