Thursday, October 7, 2010

St. Louis in Silhouette, Single Image HDR

I was curious about how much shadow detail HDR Toning could pull out of the single RAW image from an earlier post, "St. Louis in Silhouette".  While I can't say that I really like the resulting picture better than the original post, the shadow detail here is pretty amazing.

The monochrome conversion is from the just release 64-bit version of Silver Efex Pro.  There are no new features, but processing is noticeably faster.

For comparison, here is the capture straight out of the camera.

Camera: Nikon D700 
Lens: Nikkor AF-S 50mm f1.4 G
Exposure: ISO 200, f/11 @ 1/800s, handheld
Lighting: Daylight 
Location: St. Louis Art Museum GPS
Processing: Lightroom 3, Photoshop CS5, Nik Silver Efex Pro

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