Thanks - and yes, I manually blended three exposures, using a mix of hand-created masks (gradient fill and painting on the mask) for most of the sky and some of the water as well as a "luminosity mask" with a bit of painting (this was for the area right around the sun, to retain detail with a fairly dark exposure of this scene). I also blended some bits into the water portion of the foreground to get the right combo of elements for the composition I was wanting. It was kind of a learning exercise for applying some techniques I'd learned from some of Sean Bagshaw's video tutorial content (Greg Benz has some simpler versions of the same ideas on YouTube) on exposure blending.
I was just wearing regular hiking boots, though they're reasonably waterproof. I think the water never rose higher than an inch or two on my boots. Whereas getting this shot nearly breached the cuffs of my boots:
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