If any subject lends itself and screams HDR Grunge, it certainly is one with dilapidation, rust & corrosion. For my subway window photograph above, I tonemaaped 5 exposures using Unified HDR Express. I wanted to pop the colors in the image and really bring out the texture of the retired rusted subway train. So I called on the new Topaz Adjust 5 Plugin. I used the Spicify filter adjusting the Adaptive Exposure, Details & Color sliders to taste and checking the Process Details Independently checkbox. By having Topaz adjust the details and the exposure separately (which is what that setting is for) it gives you more control and flexibility as well as reducing the introduction of noise and artifacts in the image. While still in Topaz Adjust I applied a vignette using the finishing touches tab.
I love the fact that in the new version of Adjust 5, (soon to be released ) you can now apply more than one preset at a time as well as have the effects placed on its own layer in Photoshop. Not only is this a great time saver, but in my opinion it allows you to expand on your creativity and photo enhancements by applying, adjusting and blending various effects all at the same time. Those two features alone make the upgrade worthwhile for me. But of course they have also incorporated many more improvements than just those two features, which make Topaz Adjust even better than ever in version 5. See previous post with more details on the upgrade:
Once Topaz releases the new version shortly, it will be a free upgrade to existing Adjust owners and they will be offering great discounts for new users as well. If you would like to try a free fully functional trial, you can do so by visiting the Topaz Labs Website by clicking here.
If you would like to try Unified HDR Express for your tone mapping and would like to receive a discount on your purchase, you can visit the website: Unified Color. Use the discount code of SDCPHOTOGRAPHY at check out for your discount if you decide to purchase the software.
The Trolleys & Trains Graveyard is a perfect venue for HDR images. You can view some additional images I created on a previous blog post here. I am looking forward to co-leading the upcoming Roamin with Roman Photo Tours workshop there on Saturday, December 3rd. Details can be found at the Workshops & Events page link.
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