I am an HDR junkie. Period. I like to use every opportunity to create an HDR image. As you know, HDR stands for High Dynamic Range. HDR blends images of different exposures and brings out details while at the same time preserving the extreme lights and extreme darks.
I balanced a Nikon D800 on a monopod and took three bracketed shots with 2EV interval. At the time of the shooting, I was not sure if I focused right and if I would be able to salvage the attempt as it looked like I should have shot the optimal photo (the middle one) at f/13 or higher instead of f/11. Of course, no second attempt as the ripples ruined the perfect reflection (you can actually see tiny ripples in the bottom right corner).
Luckily, the magic of Photoshop helped create a nice photo. I created a HDR using the Automate function in Photoshop. I wrote more about creating a HDR image in Photoshop here but this is where you find this option:
Once I merged the photos, I cropped the photo to remove the grass area in the bottom and used the lens correction tool in Photoshop to straighten up the horizon as the lake was not big enough to create a nice clean line. After that, I recovered some of the blown-out highlights, played with the curves, and that’s it!