Kind of Looks Like An Alien Planet

This photo is taken from Victoria Beach in Laguna Beach. With the way the light reflects off the sand and reef positioned it feels almost like some sort of alien world. This is an HDR photo. You can't really tell because it doesn't have that "HDR Look" but if it wasn't HDR you'd never be able to expose the rocks in the foreground while shooting directly into the sun. 

Alien Reef, HDR Photography