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!