This photo is from arguably most interesting and photogenic travel photography destination in the world – Big Sur.
But it was really challenging to achieve this result. When you drive along California State Route 1 from South to North the sun always behind you and you try to photograph towards the north where colors are rich and the air is clear. And when you look back (South) you see washed out and flat landscapes with atmospheric haze.
In this case I had no choice but to shoot against the sun since one of the most scenic part of the shore was obstructed by cliffs and trees from south.
I took maximum number of bracketed shots(7) with exposure range from -3 to+3. Later I tone mapped 7 bracketed raw files for HDR in HDR Expose 3 but I did not apply and color correction or effects. My goal was to create 32-bit image with highest possible quality so later I have more control and I could push HDR image further in Lightroom and Photoshop.