I’m finishing this week with another artsy alternative to full color HDR imaging. This shot was beautiful in color but not very interesting. So, I decided to do an artistic twist by applying an Adobe Photoshop duotone treatment.
Processing: I took five images spaced from -2 to +2 ev, loaded them into Nik HDR Efex Pro and made adjustments for structure in the water and wood areas. In Adobe Photoshop, I modified the colors to add a smooth tonality since my intermediate goal was to produce a monochrome version of the scene.
I moved my finished color image into Nik Silver Efex Pro 2 for the monochrome conversion by applying the Kodak Panatomic X film effect Then back into Photoshop for the Duotone treatement. I chose yellow and a dark navy blue and made individual adjustments to each color to get the tones exactly the way I wanted.
The Photoshop workflow is a little different since the image is first converted to Gray Scale, duotone is applied, and then the image is converted back to an RGB image for further modifications; Curves, Hue/Saturation, etc.
Equipment used: Nikon D700 with 20-35mm f/3.5-4.5 set to 35mm, f/22, ISO 200.