The lily pads at Missouri Botanical Gardens turn red in October, and back lit by the late afternoon, this pad really jumped out at me. I used a Cokin circular polarizer and graduated neutral density filter to darken the foreground. This picture consists of three, 1/3-stop brackets processed in Nik HDR Efex using a custom preset I call "Dark Vivid Landscape".
This monochrome was processed in Nik Silver Efex Pro using a custom preset I've been using to get a consistent look to landscapes.
Lens: AF Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8 D
Camera: Nikon D100
Exposure: ISO 200, 3 brackets around f/11.0 @ 1/60s, Polarizer, ND, Auto WB, tripod
Lighting: Daylight, very late afternoon
Location: Missouri Botanical Gardens GPS
Dates: Capture - October 9, 2008, Processing - November 10, 2010Processing: RAW file in Lightroom 3, Nik HDR Efex, Photoshop CS5 and Nik Silver Efex Pro