Thursday, November 11, 2010

Climatron, November 2008 HDR

Fall 2010 was a color bust, but 2008 was fairly lush.  This is a single image HDR processed in Nik HDR Efex Pro.  The capture has some sentimental value because it is the last photo I made with my Nikon D100.  The unprocessed picture is pretty good, but the light was extremely flat that day.  HDR tone mapping brought added quite a bit of dimension, but really exaggerated noise in a way I've not seen before.  I used Photoshop CS5 to adjust levels and remove a woman leaving the Climatron, Nik Vivenza for brightening, Nik Dfine to reduce noise and Nik Color Efex Pro to apply my custom "CSI Miami" filter.

The monochrome was processed in Nik Silver Efex Pro using a landscape preset I made for HDR landscapes.

Lens: Nikkor AF 24-85mm f2.8-4 IF 
Camera: Nikon D100
Exposure: ISO 200, 24mm @ f/11 @ 1/250s, Auto WB, tripod, RAW
Lighting: Daylight
Location: Missouri Botanical Gardens
Dates: Capture - November 28, 2008, Processing - November 9, 2010
Processing: Lightroom 3, Nik HDR Efex, Nik Silver Efex Pro, Photoshop CS5


benjamin gandhi-shepard said...

Preston! Wow! I'm amazed. The b/w image is stellar, and the color image is inspiring. I'm blown away.

Preston Page said...

Gosh, Ben - thank you for the kind words. This is definitely a Nik tools to the rescue shot :)