Images & Observations

Re-working An Image

Nikon D80 18mm ISO 320 1/20 f/11 (-2.0 0.0 +2.0) Lr3 HDR Efex Pro

You should never hesitate to return to an old image and re-work it.  This image was originally created in September of last year when I was first experimenting with HDR techniques.   Looking back at the original rendition of the image I can say in all honesty, it was fairly crude and cartoonish as you can see in this thumbnail.  I did not hesitate to post the image back then because I consider this blog a manifestation of my growth and development as a photographer, and was just excited to share my journey of discovery of HDR technique.  So it is with some pride and a sense of redemption that I am posting the revised image today.  Isn’t this what life is all about, living and learning, every day.

As far as what I did when I reprocessed the image:

  • HDR processed and tone mapped in Nik HDR Efex Pro instead of Photomatix.  I used one of either the Architectural or Landscape filters in HDR Efex Pro (I did not write down which on) and then tweaked the individual control settings.
  • Used the Nik Control Point technology to darken, increase contrast and further saturate the top of the building wall in the top right quarter of the image, I feel this gave the building more of a three dimensional effect, and redirected the radiation of the sun from the top right to the bottom left.
  • Set a control point over the lower left section of the man and the flower bed and increased the exposure, contrast and saturation, to bring more emphasis on the human figure and also redirect the source of the sun’s rays.
  • Used Lightroom to adjust for lens distortion and perform sharpening.
  • It should go without saying, that this processing began using the original, raw image files.

I had a blast re-creating this.

2 responses

  1. In photography it’s hard to go out and recapture the exact same scene once more due to the number of factors that influence an image so even as you become a better photographer it’s difficult to compare like for like. Great example here how that’s not the same when it comes to HDR and, as we have the original RAW files, we really can see how our skills improve over time. Huge difference in this image, and so much better now with the new skills you have.

    January 15, 2011 at 3:46 AM

  2. Thanks for the comment, Murphyz, as with your own images, I appreciate your words.

    January 15, 2011 at 8:55 AM

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