Most HDR pictures celebrate wide angle, deep focus, saturated color. Some of my favorite photographic abstractions combine shadows, reflections and blurring. As part of my HDR education, this picture of a shadow on a wall with a small Egyptian figurine in the foreground felt like an interesting anti-pattern to exercise with Nik HDR Efex. This monochrome started with the color shot below, converted in Nik Silver Efex Pro using a preset I made for high structure and a sepia/blue split tone.
This color version is the result of single image tone mapping in Nik HDR Efex. I wound up creating a new preset for Nik HDR Efex that I call "Electric Cool Aid" pulls acidic colors out of neutral shades. It reminds me of the old cross processing technique I first saw in the early '70s, where Ektachrome is used at a high ASA, like 32,000, developed in a b&w developer like HC-100, then processed as a color negative in C-22.
Lens: Nikkor AF 24-85mm f2.8-4 IF
Camera: Nikon D100
Exposure: ISO 1000, 85mm @ f/8.0 @ 1/200s, Auto WB, handheld, RAW
Lighting: Tungsten and daylight mix
Location: St. Louis Art Museum GPS
Dates: Capture - June 25, 2006, Processing - October 27, 2010Processing: Lightroom 3, Nik HDR Efex, Nik Silver Efex Pro