HDR and results with NIK HDR Efex Pro 4

"Fishing Troller" A colorful fishing troller docked at the P-Town Harbor in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

"Fishing Troller" A colorful fishing troller docked at the P-Town Harbor in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. © 2012 Susan Candelario SDC Photography

My blog post for today is in response to the emails and phone calls I received asking me if I felt the upgrade was totally worth it or not. For a few weeks now I have using the new NIK HDR Efex Pro 2  software for tone-mapping my high dynamic range images. I have been very pleased with the new upgrade. The new features as well as the increase in speed is fantastic. I made a blog post back in June which included Nik’s press release which details all the new features and improvements in the new upgrade. You can read about it here.

I wanted to share some of my HDR images that I have recently processed using the upgraded version. I achieved slightly different styles for each of the images in order to fully evaluate the new upgrade. For starters I was pretty impressed with the initial results that appeared on my screen after having HDR Efex Pro 2 create the HDR image.

The new interface is very intuitive and user fiendly. By making slight and quick adjustments to the sliders I was able to create the look and feel I had visualized for the particular image I was processing.

In particular I tried to tone-map images that I knew in the past would be challenging to one HDR software or the other and it worked like a charm.

H J Barber Shop

"H J Barber Shop" H-J Barber Shop was originally located in Elizabeth, New Jersey in the early 1900's. It has been relocated to Holcombe Jimison Museum located in Lambertville, NJ. All of the original contents have been placed as they where placed when the barber shop resided in it's original location. © 2012 Susan Candelario SDC Photography

"Moonrise along the Empire State Building" The full moon rising alongside the Empire State Building in New York City at twilight. © 2012 Susan Candelario SDC Photography

"Happy Hour" Antique bar made out of intricate wood carving design.

"Happy Hour" Antique bar made out of intricate wood carving design at Gillette Castle, located in East Haddam, CT. © 2012 Susan Candelario SDC Photography

Lightning Bolts Over New York City

"Lightning Bolts Over New York City" Lighting bolts brighten the Manhattan skyline during a severe summer thunderstorm. © 2012 Susan Candelario SDC Photography

If you are interested in trying out the software you can do so by downloading a fully functional demo for 15 days over at NIK HDR Efex Pro 2 website. If you decide to purchase it you can save 15% off a checkout by entering my discount code: SCANDELARIO

 

 

 

 

 

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