Here’s another one that I converted to black and white in Nikon’s Capture NX 2. This time, I used Color Efex Pro 3 Tonal Contrast to really get the textures in the rocks to pop out. Normally, the main attraction at Mesa Arch in Canyonlands is the arch itself. But it gets crowded there, and there are other cool spots nearby. Like right to the right of the arch. The overlook is amazing and the drop-off is stunning. I thought these rocks had great texture for a black and white image.
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.
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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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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