Google recently released their NIK software suite into the public domain. I decided to play with some of the tools on my recent Mud Lake nature photos. I normally just use DFine2 to clean up sensor noise. I decided to open up the shadows and enhance shadow detail that was normally lost.

before:

imgp1163NIK Dfine2 to clean noise, then NIK HDR Efex Pro 2 to open up the shadows.

After:

imgp1163-bSlightly different cropping . . .

Then I opened this image:

Before: I do like the image, but let’s see what we can do.

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After #1: Brightened up, this is how I imagined the scene.

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The NIK HDR Efex Pro 2 can bring up lost feather details. So I tried merging the two images each in a Photoshop CS6 layer and adjusted the opacity.

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The opacity was adjusted visually for the look I wanted.

 

Darrell A. Larose
Ottawa, Ontario

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