Saturday, May 28, 2011

Sunflower #27, HDR Fresson Series

After looking at some pictures made with the Lens Baby system, I wondered if the effect could be could be duplicated with tools in Nik Color Efex Pro.   The steps to make the picture include:

  1. Combine three 1-stop brackets in Nik HDR Efex using the "Vibrant Landscape" preset.
  2. In Photoshop CS5, apply lens correction and adjust levels
  3. Crop to 1:1 in Lightroom 3, adjust saturation and vibrance
  4. In Nik Color Efex Pro, apply the "Selective Focus" tool for the Lens Baby look
  5. In Nik Color Efex Pro, apply a "Fresson" preset based on the "Film Effects" tool
  6. Convert to monochrome in Nik Silver Efex Pro 2, using an X1 filter and coffee toner

Starting with the output from step #5 above, the "Colorize" tool in Nik Color Efex Pro created this muted color version.

The output from step #3 is a very natural looking HDR image.

Camera: Nikon D700
Lens: AF NIKKOR 180mm f/2.8D IF-ED "Leni Lens"
Exposure: ISO 200, 2 brackets around f/2.8 @ 1s, Daylight WB, RAW
Lighting: Window Light
Support: Gitzo Basalt Tripod, Acratech GP-2, RRS L-Bracket
Location:  Home Studio GPS
Dates: Capture - August 1, 2010, Processed May 28, 2011
Processing: Lightroom 3, Photoshop CS5, Nik Suite Tools

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