Monday, February 28, 2011

Trisha Bradshaw - HDR Dark City Variations

At long last, I worked through the details of applying the HDR tone mapping I used for architecture, which adds turquoise to mid tones and yellow to highlights, to people without making them look monstrous.  Trisha Bradshaw is standing on the fire escape for the Grand Center Artist studios, with makeup by Sarah Lynn and styling by Susan Page.  The base shot at the bottom of this post was processed in Nik HDR Efex for single image tone mapping, which I softened quite a bit with the Glamor Glow tool in Nik Color Efex Pro.  The acid wash border came from PhotoFrame Free.

From "Dark City" to "Sin City", the Nik Silver Efex Pro 2 has a new selective tone feature for control points, which allows dialing some original color back in.

This picture is from the Nik Silver Efex Pro 2 "Yellowstone 2" preset, which looks like an old print from Polaroid PN 55 or the high contrast night shots Helmut Newton produced in the early '70s.  

Here is the un-varnished picture, straight out of Nik HDR Efex.  It isn't all that rough now that I look at it.

This is the straight shot, before the grunge processing.    

For reference, here is a processed "Dark City" architecture shot I'm trying to match.

Camera: Nikon D700
Lens: AF-S Micro NIKKOR 60mm f/2.8G ED
Exposure: ISO 200, f/5.6 @ 1/60s, Auto WB, RAW
Lighting: D700 built-in flash 
Support: Handheld
Location: Grand Center Artists' Studios GPS
Dates: Capture - February 19, 2011, Processed - February 23, 2011
Processing: Lightroom 3.3, Photoshop CS5, Nik Silver Efex Pro 2, Nik Color Efex Pro

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