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.
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!