Let me explain my process since the EXIF data won't make any sense.
This shot was from a road overpass. I originally shot with my Tokina 11-16 2.8. However, I didn't like the distortion that the lens gave me as seen below:
Obviously this photo had to be an HDR in order to get the complete tonal range of the sky and the ground into 1 shot.
I decided to use my 85mm 1.8 instead which greatly decreased distortion. I then shot at my base exposure for the ground/river, and shot around 20 exposures which would allow me to stitch together a panoramic.
I then changed my shutter speed to expose properly for the sky, and shot another series to be stitched into a panorama. Then I combined both sky and ground exposures to come up with an image that could represent both the ground and the sky the way my eyes did.
After that, it was just a matter of color correction and dodging and burning to create focus on different parts of the image. I hope that helps.
Originally Posted by pbjunkiee