Saturday, October 30, 2010

Cypress Trees #1, Heron Pond, HDR Test

Stepping onto the boardwalk trail over the Cypress pond in the Cache River State Natural Area is like entering an alien world.  According to the trail brochure, this stand of trees is about 1,000 years old.  I was a little disappointed at first that the swamp water was completely carpeted with fallen red cypress needles, but it was really quite a sight.  This HDR picture is from five one stop brackets processed in Nik HDR Efex using a custom landscape preset.

The monochrome was made from the color in Nik Silver Efex Pro using a red filter.  The sepia/blue split tone was applied in Lightroom 3.

Lens: Nikkor AF-S 50mm f1.4 G 
Camera: Nikon D700
Exposure: ISO 200, five brackets around f/11.0 @ 1/30s, Auto WB, tripod
Lighting: Daylight
Location: Cache River Natural Area, Heron Pond GPS
Dates: Capture - October 29, 2010, Processing - October 30, 2010
Processing: RAW file in Lightroom 3, Nik HDR Efex, Nik Silver Efex Pro

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