My father advised us to visit Muir Woods while in San Francisco, so we took his advice and were not disappointed! It is a beautiful redwood grove across the golden gate bridge. You can do a 2 mile, 3 mile or 4 mile walk through a pristine forest.
1.Bracketing three exposures: -2; 0; +2
I took three photos at higher ISO (because I did not carry a tripod). One was normal exposure (0); another was overexposed (+2) and the third was underexposed (-2)
2. Photomatix HDR:
Then I blended all three together with Photomatix to get a combined better exposure. This is called HDR (High Dynamic Range) when you take the best exposure area from each image to mimick a superior range of exposure that is more similar to what the human eye can see.
3. Photoshop Edits:
I straightened out the perspective in Photoshop, then I toned down some of the HDR effect I thought was overdone. Finally I sharpened the image a bit.