I was about a month late to catch the lotus blooms at Missouri Botanical Gardens, but I found some details I thought were interesting. For instance, this lotus seed pod drying in the sun looks a little bit like damaged cherry pie. Processing involved combining three 1-stop brackets in Nik HDR Efex, levels adjustment, lens correction and minor retouching in Photoshop CS5, local color adjustments for each corner in Nik Vivenza and finally focus vignetting in Nik Color Efex Pro 3.
This monochrome is courtesy Nik Silver Efex Pro 2, starting with the Fine Art preset and finished with a blue filter, lens 1 vignette and blue/sepia split tone.
|Lens:||AF Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8 D|
|Exposure:||ISO 200, f/22 @ 1/30s, Auto WB, RAW|
|Support:||Gitzo Basalt Tripod and Acratech GP-2 ball head and leveling base|
|Location:||Missouri Botanical Gardens|
|Dates:||Capture - July 16, 2011, Processed - June 16, 2011|
|Processing:||Lightroom 3.3, Photoshop CS5, Nik HDR Efex, Nik Color Efex Pro|