So, this looks like Lucis, right? Or HDR or something, huh? Nope, plain Photoshop layers -- and it's a monster of a file. It was taken along Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park during our trip there in May. It's taken from the Moormans River Overlook about 5 miles north of Waynesboro, Virginia. This is a five-frame hand-held panorama stitched together with Photoshop's wonderful photomerge feature. Amazing, five vertical frames handheld and Photoshop manages to get this from those frames -- well, not exactly. Below is what actually came straight out of the merge -- a difficult exposure with all those clouds. And since I was handholding and shooting a panorama, bracketing wasn't a possibility. Since I knew there were some dramatic clouds here that I wanted to bring out, I thought fine, I'll just use Lucis to bring them up. Well, Lucis choked on this file. The base layer was 122 megs, and I guess that was too much for the filter, because it errored every time I tried it. So, I decided to go for the same look in Photoshop. The result: 10 layers and 986 megabytes on my 46.25" x 20.25" file at 240 dpi. OK, I can probably delete 2 or 3 layers. I've never even come close to a gigabyte file, but this one taxes Photoshop. The key layers in the mix are a black and white layer created with Nik Silver Efex put into luminosity blending mode at 88%, then a couple of color balance and curves layers above that to bring up the color and contrast in the sky. No Lucis this time, but I don't want to work on 986 megabyte Photoshop files every day either.