This brings back years-ago memories and the light is so similar to light I've seen at Ruby Beach and Second Beach in Washington, though the rock is very different there. What a wonderful smile this has brought me.
I have watched your work for some time Kev and enjoy much of what you do but in this case I have to question your objective. I see a cheap, over-saturated, teenager style HDR which has far too much DR to offer any kind of depth or feeling. The blue tones in the shadow areas on the cliff and lighthouse are simply awful an have no correlation to natural colours whatsoever. I have to ask why you needed 15! files to create an image which could have been created to greater effect by using a simple grad filter or 2 exposures blended manually together? And whilst I'm at it why on earth would you need to take a laptop onto the top of a cliff in order to capture 15 images? That just doesn't seem like landscape photography to me.... Aside from this, Blending the 15 images together appears to have lost all the sharpness of the original scene or any single one of the actual files....
No problem at all Orca the reason for having a laptop up there was to control another camera shooting a timelapse. A 2 stop grad ND was being used like I would normally do but the range was still too much for the camera if I exposed for the sky the cliffs were bascally black, if I exposed for the foreground I lost the sky.
Why 15 shots? purely an experiment to see if the smaller exposure increments gave a smoother colouration, which it does, but it takes longer to shoot the sequence so the clouds tend to smear. Would I do it again? probably not, but I would certainly consider shooting 5 or 7 bracketed exposures rather than a typical 3.