Returning to the subject of Grid #12, this time with Nik HDR Efex single image processing, I settled on a preset that emphasizes texture as the starting point. The next three images are base on this one.
It is hard to tell at first glance, but this monochrome is a solarized treatment made in Nik Color Efex Pro. The texture emphasis is pretty startling.
This is my own "CSI Miami" preset in Nik Color Efex Pro. I like how the bricks look like fresh, raw bacon.
I think this monochrome, processed in Nik Silver Efex Pro, has very good presence. The copper toning really helped this time.
Base RAW file after using Lens Correction to fix distortion, otherwise, it is just out of the camera.
Camera: Nikon D700
Lens: Nikkor AF-S 50mm f1.4 G
Exposure: ISO 200, tripod, RAW
Location: 3856 Olive St., St. Louis, MO 63108 GPSProcessing: Lightroom 3, Nik HDR Efex, Nik Color Efex Pro, Nik Silver Efex Pro