National Photography Month – More HDR’s – A Special Offer from Nik Software

Gillette Castle

William Gillette’s Office – I tone mapped this HDR image using NIk’s HDR Efex Pro & applied various filters from the Nik Color Efex Pro Collection       © Susan Candelario

Ok… How & when did this month become National Photography Day is beyond me.  I did a brief google search to find an official source and found none. But the consensus all around the web is that May is National Photography Day! Does this mean we should all be photographing more than usual?  I say yes, so that’s my story and I am sticking to it. So what if people think I am just using that as an excuse to do more of what I love doing.

Another thought I had was, is a Hallmark Card in order for our photographer fiends & collegues? Well I am not sure of the answer on that one, but hopefully before the end of the month I will have some spare time to design a card and send it along.

At any rate the good news is that until the end of May Nik Software is offering a 20% discount to existing customers that wish to upgrade their existing Nik Software products. I have been using their software since 2003 and have been recommending it ever since. If you do not yet own any of their software and wish to purchase it, you can receive a 15% discount by using my promo code. Just enter SCANDELARIO in the coupon section of the order form and it will automatically be applied.


Gillette Castle – one of the stairways to the third floor – William Gillette took his role as Sherlock Holmes pretty serious and you will also find secret passages that he had built through out the castle © Susan Candelario

Gillette Castle bookshelf in office

Gillette’s book collection in his office at the castle © Susan Candelario

Gillette Castle Foyer

Foyer leading to the entrance of the Living Room of Gillette Castle © Susan Candelario

Gillette Castle Exterior view

The exterior of the Castle on a stormy day – After processing the HDR image with Nik’s Software, I decided to create a reflection in Photoshop. I guess it kind of reminded me of the heavy rains we had prior to our  arrival at the Castle                         © Susan Candelario


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  • Susan Candelario - Thanks, Deborah. I truly appreciate your kind comments.

  • Deborah Lewinson - Exciting and superb!

  • Susan Candelario - Hey Nick,
    Thanks so much for your comments. Not only are they highly appreciated but very encouraging.

  • Nick Palmieri - These images are fantastic. You processed them brilliantly. BTW congrats on the winning image of the year in PSA competition. That is a big deal! I cannot pick a favorite I like them all.

  • Susan Candelario - Thanks Roman & to my honey!

  • Susan Candelario - Thanks RC! I love your work!

  • RC Concepcion - GREAT shot!

  • Anthony Candelario - it is simply mind blowing

  • Susan Candelario - Hey Roman,
    I think you did fine with your windows! As well as all of your other images too.

  • Roman Kurywzack - I think you did better with the windows than I did!

  • Susan Candelario - Thanks, gang! Your visit and comments are very much appreciated.

  • ajc - I simply love the colors, they give the rooms an earthy feel to them.

  • CATHY MILLER - You really need to have a special talent to always think of new ways of showing the best in every picture,
    I really love the way the colors in the pictures jump out at you.

  • David Mills - Good eye for composition along with a great use of HDR.
    The technique makes an interesting place into an artistic endeavor. Well done!!

  • Maria T. - Very cool looking images and place.

  • Joseph Morgan - I have been following your blog and you just don’t disappoint me. I enjoy your work and style.

  • Jessica - Nice HDR’s!

  • Jerry Fornarotto - hey, thanks for the 15% discount. With the money i save i’m going to buy gas.

  • Katy V - Love them all! #1 being my favorite. You have to show me how to get all the different effects you create with your images. And thanks for sharing, you are always so helpful and caring.

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