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Here is the vertical from the same location as http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1168509/0 yet shot at a slightly different time.
As with the other image, this image was nearly finished in raw (ACR) and then double processed for dynamic range using a powerful twist on the Layer Style "Blend If" sliders.
Like I mentioned on the previous thread, I believe, when used to their full potential, the Layer Style "Blend If" sliders are the "holy grail" of advanced blending in Photoshop. They are some of the least understood, least used, least exploited, yet most powerful and easiest ways to deal with most blending issues, especially dynamic range. Instead of complicated layer masks they have the ability to replace most masking techniques for quick and easy, clean, real time dynamic range blending. Some of the many other things they can be used for are: advanced subtle dodging and burning, mid tone contrast, sharpening fall off, controlling highlight glow effects into specific tonalities, increasing texture detail to deep shadow areas, cooling shadows and warming highlights, and more...
Due to busyness of the holidays, the basic written tutorial (to be posted here on FM) on this blending technique, entitled: Blending For Dynamic Range Made Easy - Blend If is about half finished. I am sorry for the delay.
Canon 5D Mark II
Canon 24-105 at 58mm