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Photo of the Day: Big Boy Locomotive

The Union Pacific "Big Boy" locomotive 4005 at the Forney Museum of Transportation, Denver, Colorado. I used several different editing applications and techniques to produce the final image.
The Union Pacific “Big Boy” locomotive 4005 at the Forney Museum of Transportation, Denver, Colorado. I used several different editing applications and techniques to produce the final image. Click to enlarge (it looks much better when viewed big).

This is the Union Pacific “Big Boy” 4005 at the Forney Museum of Transportation in Denver. The shooting conditions in the museum, especially of this train, are extremely difficult. First, you have extreme backlighting due to the large window. Second, the train is black and lit only with incandescent lamps. That means you have a difficult exposure and also mixed lighting. I decided this situation called for some creative processing.

Read on to learn the steps I used to create this interesting image, using multiple tools and the Google Nik Collection. Continue reading Photo of the Day: Big Boy Locomotive

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Photo of the Day: Baby, you can drive my car

Antique car, Forney Museum of Transportation, Denver, Colorado. Nikon D4 with 24-70mm f/2.8 Nikkor lens.
Antique car, Forney Museum of Transportation, Denver, Colorado. Nikon D4 with 24-70mm f/2.8 Nikkor lens.

I’m still going through my images from last weekend’s HDR Workshop in Denver. This image was tone-mapped with HDR Efex Pro 2 and then finished in Color Efex Pro 4. Both plug-ins are available as part of the Nik Collection.

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Putting the Nik Collection to Work

"Roll the Bones" Captured with a Nikon D4 and processed with the Nik Collection.
“Roll the Bones” Captured with a Nikon D4 and processed with the Nik Collection.

Here’s an image that exploits much of the Nik Collection of plug-ins. I started with a 5-shot bracketed exposure sequence that I processed in HDR Efex Pro 2. Then, I brought the image into Photoshop CS6 and applied local color & contrast tweaks using Viveza 2. Next, I ran the image through Color Efex Pro 4 to adjust global contrast and slightly modify the textures. I really like using the Nik plug-ins together as the effects really complement each other!

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