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on Jul 17, 2012 in Digital Darkroom

What I Usually Don’t Do


Normally when new software comes out, I don’t take time to reprocess images from the past. It’s just not a good use of time in my mind. But when Nik HDR Efex Pro 2 was put up as beta, I asked, “What if?” So I went to one of the worst images I had, HDR & photographic-wise and gave it a whirl. While it didn’t help the photograph, it did a great job with the HDR. You can see the final and what it was made from. I’m simply impressed!

This shot was taken on the USS Intrepid on a afternoon stroll when photography wasn’t the goal. Light was hard, background sucked but I just have to click sometimes. We then went down to the hangar deck where there were displays. I liked the dramatic lighting but talk about an exposure range. Never liked the results before but the default settings in HDR Efex Pro 2 nailed it from the get go. It basically looks exactly how I remember it. So while I don’t recommend taking precious time to reprocess, if you have images that never turned out exactly as you wanted, it might be worth it to try again. You might not only find an image your like, you will learn something to move your photography forward.