Hello! First post here. Quick introduction -- my name is Ryan McGinnis and I live on the vast, flat plains of Nebraska. I shoot all sorts of different stuff; lately, I've been keeping myself busy with storm photography. I've tried using the HDR process on storm photography, but found that clouds just don't keep still enough for it to work. Stuff just has to stay static. The other day, I decided to try HDR work on potraiture, intentionally picking impossible lighting situations. (Well, impossible, at least, without an umbrella flash setup!) I violated a few other rules, too, by centering and using a 10-22mm lens (on the 20D -- works out to 16mm at the wide end) to take the photo. I am surprised by the results. It is possible to tone this image in a way that looks realistic, but I found that toning these to be more emotive/painterly really fit my mood on these. To take these, I used six bracketed shots, each two stops apart. The camera was tripoded and I used a cable release. I had the model (actually just a friend of mine) hold verrrry still, as the whole series in each instance took about 10 to 15 seconds to complete. The first photo was shot at f/8, the second at f/16 (to get the whole DOF). Both were merged to HDR in Photoshop, then downsampled to 16 bit Adobe RGB via the local contrast option (and a lot of curves tweaking). A few more curves tweaks, downsample to 8 bit, move to sRGB, viola.