Thanks for posting and great work, skilled stuff.
Lens of choice here?
My trusty 24-105. Not bad for a slow kit lens, if I do say so myself
So just to be clear, withing 14 stops of DR, you CAN pull detail out of the shadows and get usable results? lol.
Yeah, but just barely. I'm surprised the POS Canon sensor didn't break out into spontaneous self-combustion under these conditions Seriously, I think the 5D3 actually has better DR than the D800 at this ISO level, but then again, everyone seems to be a landscape photographer these days, so it's an irrelevant point
How did you get the buildings to stay reasonably sharp in the background?
TCapp is spot on. The buildings are a least a mile down the road in the background, and not subject to motion blur like the rest of the image.