Despite the very high wind at the time of this shot, the new version of Nik HDR Efex Pro really did a fantastic job of freezing the action of these flags around the Washington Monument.
This was taken last December on a very windy and cool day and as much as I tried to create an acceptable HDR image, the movement was just too extreme. I included it in a previous post with multiple images of the monument as a single exposure. But now, with the Nik update, it’s a breeze! Love this stuff! I hope to revisit lots of past, failed attempts at bracketing because of too much movement between frames.
I’ve added some monochrome drama for this scene using Adobe Photoshop CS6.
Equipment: Nikon D700 with 28-70mm f/2.8, f/22, ISO 400.
Leaving the realm of reality today, I decided to transform one of my recent HDR sand dune photos into an artistic piece using the Oil Paint filter in Adobe Photoshop CS6. I really like playing with the variations that are available but decided to just set every slider to 8.
The original version right out of Nik HDR Efex Pro 2 was a nice, realistic view of the scene but I thought that adding an artsy touch would make it more interesting. Though I don’t usually go this far from reality, I plan on exploring this filter in more depth in a future HTDS (How To Do Stuff) segment.
Processing: I used five shots from -2 to +2 ev at 1 ev intervals and made very few adjustments except to add a little tonal depth to the foot prints in the sand. As I mentioned above, I used the Oil Paint filter in Photoshop for the sweeping brush effect and punched the color and contrast using Curves.
Equipment used: Nikon D700 with 28-70mm f/2.8 lens. 28mm, f/22, ISO 800.