Rusty Furnace, HDR-style

Antique furnace at the Western Mining Museum, Colorado Springs, CO

A black & white version of this image appears in my new book on HDR.  I thought it would be fun to reprocess it in color for a different flavor.

I took a 5-shot hand-held exposure series (bracketed at f/8, ISO 640 with D3s) and merged the files in Nik’s HDR Efex Pro.  I then applied the “Artistic_Interiors_03” preset for HDR Efex Pro developed by Tony Sweet for our book (you can download all 14 of our custom HDR presets for free, here).

I used Control Points within HDR Efex Pro to tone down the saturation and brightness in the background, which helps draw your attention to the furnace.  I also added a mild vignette effect.  Final touches were done in Capture NX2 with the Tonal Contrast filter from Nik’s Color Efex Pro 3 plug-in.

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Thanks for looking, and Happy Holidays!

-Jason

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