This is may be the last protea picture I'm going to process from last weekend's marathon HDR shoot. The leathery texture and gold leaf patina of the dead leaves is well conveyed by HDR processing. As with other shots in this series, three 1 stop bracket exposures are combined in Photoshop HDR Pro using my custom settings and s-curve as a point of departure, then processed further in Nik tools.
I think I almost like this monochrome version, processed in Nik Silver Efex Pro, even better.
Camera: Nikon D700
Lens: AF Micro-Nikkor 105mm f2.8 D
Exposure: ISO 200, f/22 @ 2.5s, tripod, RAW
Lighting: Calumet Quattro Dish and Flashpoint small bank fluorescent lights
Location: Grand Center Artist Loft Studios GPSProcessing: Lightroom 3, Photoshop CS5 HDR Pro and Nik Silver Efex Pro