I got this HDR image of The Dog with her Lady a year ago (Memorial Day 2012) in Washington, North Carolina. I had spotted her earlier in that town when the weather was much cooler, But this time, as you can see, everything was beautiful. The weather was perfect.
Processing: Five exposures from -1.5 to .5 ev were loaded into Nik HDR Efex Pro where I enhanced the image by selectively adding structure to the lower part of the image while subtracting structure from the sky. The nice thing about Eastern North Carolina is that the natural colors always look great. I actually had to de-saturate the sky in this photo for a more realistic look.
To get a sharp but smooth look, I saved the image with Adobe Photoshop. After using the Adaptive Wide Angle tool to correct some extreme distortion from the 20mm focal length, I saved the image and reloaded it into Adobe Camera Raw. I increased the clarity a little and added sharpening and luminence for noise reduction. As with most of my recent images, I used my final process to create the printable version by enlarging, using high pass filter and then re-sizing to a 36 x 24 print size.
I created the monochrome version by loading the final color image into Nik Silver Efex Pro 2 and applying an Agfa film preset. I finished by applying a linear contrast curve in Photoshop for more tonal depth.