If we think DSLR takes good pictures.. this one is from a modest P&S taken 2 years back... on Long Beach, California, US.
Had to do a bit of work to get it to this shape.. but the SOOC (see in comments) is not bad at all!
1. Created 3 copies at 0 exposure, moving levels to .50 and 1.50 respectively (to create +1 and -1 exposures.
2. Photomatrix exposure Blending
3. Cleaned the beach and reduced saturation
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