I'd like to give a big thank you to my pals who took the time to critique my post from yesterday. Here is, I think, my final version of this shot, influenced primarily by Ben, Ray and Susan. Though not unanimous, the solarized version go eight nods, and it was my favorite. I started over from the base color HDR shot. It took several extra steps get rid of the white framing, an artifact of the solarization process, that Ray and others found distracting. Further darkening the sky was a suggestion from Susan. I worked harder than usual on the blue/sepia split tone.
Here is the unvarnished RAW file. So long, and thank you for all the fish!
|Lens:||AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4G|
|Exposure:||ISO 200, f/8.0 @ 1/320s, Auto WB, RAW|
|Lighting:||Morning daylight and shade|
|Location:||Kiener Plaza, St. Louis GPS|
|Dates:||Capture - April 11, 2010, Processed - January 10, 2011|
|Processing:||Lightroom 3.3, Photoshop CS5, Nik HDR Efex, Nik Silver Efex Pro, Nik Color Efex Pro|