As I was driving home this afternoon from onOne, I could immediately tell that tonight would be an epic sunset just based on how gorgeous the sky was at that moment. And sure enough, as I was sitting in my office taking care of some work, my spidey sense started tingling. I swiveled my head to see what was going on from my balcony and immediately started grabbing gear from my bag. I grabbed my Canon 5D Mark II (my Mark III is in with Canon for some TLC – gotta love Platinum CPS!) and slapped on my Canon 70-200 lens. Given the shift in tonal range, I knew that I’d have to bracket but my new Really Right Stuff tripod was in the car! No worries, though. I happened to have Nicole S. Young‘s Joby Gorillapod Focus and Ballhead X right next to me (she graciously let me borrow it when I went down to Death Valley).

With the gear all set and sitting comfortably on the rail of my balcony, I was able to nab the brackets I needed (courtesy of the amazing Magic Lantern firmware hack – I immediately imported the brackets, processed the image and am uploading it now. :)

In terms of processing
This is a nine exposure tone-mapped HDR image using Photomatix Pro. I applied a tiny bit of Magic Sunset and Radiance in Perfect Effects 4 by onOne Software. I also added a warming graduated filter on the upper half of the frame and a cooling filter on the lower half using Lightroom 4.3.