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April Showers

This photo was taken back in April during a pretty big rainy spell we had. It was nearing the end as you can see with the clouds breaking a bit in the background. The rain visible up front is what drew my attention to this particular spot. During the winter, this type of scene is not uncommon as we get a lot of rain, and some incredible clouds that often break nearing the sunset hours creating some fantastic drama in the sky.  It doesn’t always work out like that, and in this case it was one of those times. Still provided some great pictures, but never did quite break enough for my liking.

In order to capture the background, rain and foreground the way I wanted to, I shot a 3 bracket exposure with 2 stops between each capture. I processed this image using NIk HDR Efex Pro2 and Lightroom 4.

I started with some of the presets built into Nik Software and then tweaked the options for a look closer to what I was going for. Started out with the Deep2 preset, and then added some custom control points to adjust the exposure, contrast, saturation in very specific locations. After that I added a little sharpness and noise reduction in Lightroom.

 Seal Rock, OR during some April showers.
Seal Rock, OR during some April showers.
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Nik HDR Efex Pro2

I’ve been a fan of HDR for a while. Some of it overcooked, some of it much more natural looking. My taste varies quite a bit depending on the scene I’m looking at. 

Recently I picked up this piece of software and have been really enjoying it. I previously used Photomatix, which is still great, but I really enjoy the layout and control in HDR Efex. It’s a much more comfortable layout and control for me.  This is likely due to being a big fan of the other Nik Software, Color Efex, Silver Efex etc..

Here’s a great little article with images to download if you wanted to trial out exactly what this gentleman did.

Below you can see an image I processed using this software in combination with Lightroom4.

 Yaquina Bay bridge as seen from the Port of Newport public fishing pier. Processed using Lightroom4 and Nik HDR Efex Pro2
Yaquina Bay bridge as seen from the Port of Newport public fishing pier. Processed using Lightroom4 and Nik HDR Efex Pro2