Daily Archives: Friday, March 9th, 2012

HDR – Flower and Gift Shop

Once a beauty I’m sure, this mural stands in memory of earlier times. It’s pretty faded but, thanks to HDR tone mapping, is hopefully just a little closer to the original . . . color that is.    The photo opportunities in ‘Little’ Washington NC seem to be endless. This is another capture of history. The town is so full of the past that sometimes it’s like stepping back in time.

As with the other images in this “Poppin a few with the Nifty Fifty” series, this one was created from five shots spaced from -2 to +2 ev and shot without the aid of a tripod or monopod.

The five images were loaded into Nik HDR Efex Pro for tone mapping and selective Control Point processing to add some structure. Then I used Adobe Photoshop for Image > Adjustments > Shadow/Highlights to balance the tones. I also made color adjustments using Hue/Saturation and finally added a little more depth with Curves.

Equipment used: Nikon D700 with AF 50mm f/1.8 D lens set to f/8.0 (for increased DOF), ISO 800.

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