This picture is actually a combination of several individual photographs merged together on the computer in Photodshop. It is fairly obvious I think, once you know, that the right of the image is exposed differently from the left. Does this decrease the value of the image? I would argue that it doesn't; after all, is this not precisely what our own eyes do as we look around a scene?
Some photographers may call this a digital deception, but I stand by my convictions that it was the only way to capture the scene as I saw it in that moment, showing the dynamic range of the wide and contrasty view in a natural and un-photographic way (I can almost feel my pupils dilate and contract as I look from left to right, just as they did in real life).
There is one further 'deception', and that is that this picture was actually taken on my iPhone4. Does that decrease the value of the image? I did have my camera with me on this occasion, but it was still tucked away in my bag after the walk to the beacon. I was struck very suddenly with this incredible light and know all too well how fleeting these effects can be. I therefore pulled out my phone (always in easy reach) and took a few pictures. Only then did I begin to retrieve my camera, but it was already too late. Not ideal maybe, but certainly no less beautiful for that, I would argue.
A beautiful evening and a beautiful sunset. A lovely experience altogether.