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Deeply Shallow

Trenton State Hospital, Scott Frederick

Nikon D7000, Nikkor 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5, 10mm, f/11, ISO 100

This weekend, I’m meeting up with some explorers coming down from New York to do some shooting.  One of the places we are planning to visit is this abandoned hospital.  It will be the second visit for me and I’m really looking forward to accessing the additional buildings on the grounds.

Last night, I tone-mapped 3 different versions of this image.  I processed one through Photomatix Pro 4, another as a Floating Point TIFF in Lightroom 4.1 and final version in the new Nik Software’s HDR Efex Pro 2.  This was the first time using HDR Efex Pro 2 and I must say I’m really impressed with the new features.   I decided to blend these 3 versions together using opacity layers in Photoshop CS6.  What I discovered was my favorite version of the 3 images was the Floating Point TIFF file that I rendered in Photomatix Pro 4 and tone-mapped in Lightroom 4.1. I decided to use this as my main layer and add in the HDR Efex Pro 2 version at 30% and the Photomatix tone-mapped version at 10%.

After blending these layers together I went ahead and utilized onOne Software’s Perfect Effects 3 to stylize the image.  In the end, the final image didn’t look that much different than the original tone-mapped Floating Point TIFF image I adjusted in Lightroom 4.1.   I think I’ll be spending most of my tone-mapping time within Lightroom 4.1, using the Floating Point TIFF format generated from Photomatix Pro’s 32-bit save as option!  Then as always, I’ll send the tone-mapped file to onOne’s Perfect Effects 3 for stylization!

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July 18, 2012 - 5:56 pm

Lisa - wow! great image! and greeat processing! I never thought of merging HDR images themselves.
love your blog.
Question, do you run photo tours? like this hospital that you mention? I would love to go (with you or without you, LOL). How do you get access?
Thanks and happy HDRing, Lisa

July 18, 2012 - 7:30 pm

Toad Hollow Photography - Great insight into your workings there, Scott. What fabulous textures and details in this place, and I just LOVE the light and shadows that dance their way down the hallway here, forming a very unique natural leading line through the shot!

July 19, 2012 - 12:08 pm

Frank Sylvis - Wow! That hallway sure looks familiar. If I think this shot is from where I think it is, then do NOT miss the power plant!

July 19, 2012 - 4:50 pm

Jose Segura Gómez - Really good image and superlative edition work. :)

July 20, 2012 - 1:54 pm

Angel Figueroa - I’ve been an admirer of your work and style for awhile now and it will be an experience for me to see you not only in (one of) your element(s) but at work. Looking forward to this weekend brother.

July 20, 2012 - 2:23 pm

Jose Vazquez Jr - Wish I could be there too. There MUST be another one soon. Looking forward to what you guys come up with.

July 20, 2012 - 2:47 pm

Angel Figueroa - @[716479041:2048:Jose Vazquez Jr] you were mentioned in our phone conversation today brother. You are missed and look forward to when you get back on the UE grind. You better believe wherever we go will be revisited, just say the word.

July 21, 2012 - 5:46 pm

Ross - Me too! I’d love to hear the answer to these burning questions. Seriously. :)

July 23, 2012 - 7:10 pm

Scott Frederick - Bruv, it was out of this world!

July 23, 2012 - 7:58 pm

Scott Frederick - Thank you Jose!

November 26, 2012 - 8:20 am

Matthew Barker - Stunning!

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