Messing with Nik Software

21 09 2011

My wife and I currently on holiday in the UK and kicking back in our great rented flat in Brixton via AirBnB. In all honesty, I don’t know why anyone else doesn’t use this to travel. A huge living area, full-service kitchen and a big bedroom all within walking distance to the Tube for under $100 USD.

Fantastic.

Also, during the trip, I have been playing with the fantastic Nik Software Suite. Mainly HDR Efx Pro.

What I like about the HDR conversion using the Nik Software Suite is the amount of control given. What I don’t like about HDR iamges is that they look overly processed and don’t look realistic. Take for example, an image of the Ludlow Brewing Company truck I took while on the Ale Trail. A combination of 3 exposures bracketed at -2 and +2 using the Default setting.

Ludlow Brewing Co truck HDR at Default setting

Ludlow Brewing Co truck HDR at Default setting

Nicely balanced but I would like a bit more oomph in the sky so I decided to push it a bit by using the Strong setting.

Ludlow Brewing Co truck HDR at Strong setting

Ludlow Brewing Co truck HDR at Strong setting

Looks good but you can see a bit of haloing around the truck which is a problem with HDR photos. Now altered with the Realistic setting.

Ludlow Brewing Co truck HDR at Realistic setting

Ludlow Brewing Co truck HDR at Realistic setting

Now that’s what I want! The sky definitely pops and the haloing is controlled.

Well, that’s it. Am off to the largest Mall in Europe.

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In the UK

4 09 2009

In the UK now. Am enjoying a sprawled out existence on Kwok’s sofa right now after sitting for over 18 hours in cramped seating.
A couple of photos to make up for the lack of updates.

Cambodian countryside from the air

Cambodian countryside from the air

We also got to fly on the new Airbus A380 from Bangkok to Dubai. Am very impressed with the new plane. The smoothest take off ever. Also, they have an insane personal entertainment unit which has over 200 movies, games and a usb port to connect your digital camera to view and share your photos with anyone on the plane.

The personal entertainment unit on the A380

The personal entertainment unit on the A380