Category Archives: Images

Photo of the Day: Garden of the Gods B&W

Kindergarten Rock, Garden of the Gods, Colorado. (Click to enlarge)

I shot this photo in 2007, and I just love the way it converts to black and white.  I used settings from my Black & White Action Pack for Capture NX 2 to do the conversion to monochrome. I used a yellow color filter to darken the sky, and Color Control Points to adjust local brightness and contrast. I finished with an ISO 100 Film Grain effect from Nik’s Color Efex Pro 3.0 for Capture NX 2.

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Picture of the Week at HDRcreme

Sunrise at Maroon Lake, Aspen CO

I was pleasantly surprised to discover that my image “Sunrise at Maroon Lake, Aspen, CO” was chosen as this week’s Picture of the Week at HDRcreme.com.

This was a 5-shot HDR merge that I processed in Nik Software’s HDR Efex Pro. I used the “Natural Landscapes” preset that Tony Sweet and I developed for our eBook, The Photographer’s Guide to HDR Efex Pro. I finished off the processing in Nikon’s Capture NX 2 (sharpening and a little CEP3 Tonal Contrast), but the majority of the processing was done in HDR Efex Pro.

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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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