The idea of the neo-classical building "trapped" inside the modern building was impetus behind the shutter click. My main concern was to make it read properly and be a stylistic fit with other pictures from City Garden. I don't know which of these variations I prefer yet, so please comment. Starting with a naturalistic single image tone mapping in Nik HDR Efex helped bring out structure and color, I added some "CSI Miami" glow to make it look less harsh.
The naturalistic, minimal processing here is pleasant, but lacks the acid punch.
This is the single image tone mapped image straight out of Nik HDR Efex.
Another approach to soften the HDR grunge is to run the shot through the Polaroid Transfer preset in Nik Color Efex Pro.
This monochrome attempt made in Nik Silver Efex Pro using a green filter and blue/sepia split tone doesn't "read" as well as the color because the reflection and stone tones are too close.
|Lens:||AF NIKKOR 180mm f/2.8D IF-ED "Leni Lens"|
|Exposure:||ISO 200, f/8.0 @ 1/400s, Auto WB, RAW|
|Lighting:||Morning daylight and shade|
|Location:||City Garden, St. Louis GPS|
|Dates:||Capture - April 11, 2010, Processed - January 23, 2011|
|Processing:||Lightroom 3.3, Photoshop CS5, Nik HDR Efex, Nik Silver Efex Pro, Nik Color Efex Pro|