Saturday, July 16, 2011

Lotus Seed Pod #1

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.

Camera: Nikon D700
Lens: AF Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8 D
Exposure: ISO 200, f/22 @ 1/30s, Auto WB, RAW
Lighting: Daylight 
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

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