This is a good example, I think, of a shot saved by HDR processing. It was taken near dusk and the light was very flat and kind of sickly. I liked the composition, but the tonality was just too deadly to make a picture with any punch. Luckily, I had bracketed the exposures and was able to pull out some detail by processing the shots in Nik HDR Efex using my custom landscape preset. The colors version of this shot is not very attractive, but the detail was punched up with enough tonal separation to give me a wide range of options for the monochrome conversion in Nik Silver Efex Pro. The final touch here is a sepia/blue split tone applied in Lightroom 3. The print looks a bit like charcoal on mylar.
Lens: Nikkor AF 24-85mm f2.8-4 IF
Camera: Nikon D100
Exposure: ISO 200, 50mm @ f/8 @ 1/6s, Auto WB, tripod, RAW
Lighting: Daylight at dusk
Location: Cache River Natural Area, Heron Pond GPS
Dates: Capture - April 15, 2006, Processing - November 18, 2010Processing: RAW file in Lightroom 3, Nik HDR Efex, Nik Silver Efex Pro