Cropped to 1:1 aspect ratio
Camera: Sony 16.2mp Zeiss lens DSC-WX9
Handy Photo: Tone & Color
Handy Photo: Polarizing
Handy Photo: HDR
Photomatix Pro: Tone Mapping using Handy Photo edits
The original was not shot with a set of brackets, therefore I use lightly altered files created in a number of ways including Photoshop tweeks. For this example I am using (a) Original, (c) Polalrized and (d) HDR for the brackets to process in Photomatix Pro Tone Mapping XMP file here The XMP files can be imported to see how the settings are used.
Multiple Photomatix Pro Edits Used
Here is the a)original, c)polarized and d)HDR Handy Photo edits used as bracketed photos for Photomatix Pro. I am aiming to get rich color on this output.Tone Mapping XMP file here
Single Image Tonemapping in Photomatix Pro
The a)original file is processed in Photomatix Pro for another variation. This is the result using this XMP file.
Tonemapping the Result
Using result image above g)tone mapped original continue and process again with Photomatix Pro using settings attached.
Blended in Photoshop
All the output images are then placed as layers in Photoshop to use aspects of the different layers to achieve this result. This is my 6th try
Final Blend Result
Sometimes I need to compare several blended results to achieve the look I am aiming for.