Happy 4th of July! As I hinted at in yesterday's post, I went ahead and purchased the "Complete Collection" from Nik Software. Here's my first image HDR photograph post-processed using the package, specifically HDR Efex Pro:
I took this photo on last Saturday's Google+ 1st anniversary Atlanta photowalk. There were about 40 of us wandering around the city taking photographs. We came upon this sign and I thought it would make a good HDR. I took 3 bracketed images (-2, 0, +2) and combined them in HDR Efex Pro. Since I'm brand new to using the software, I didn't try to get too fancy with it and instead used a more "natural" setting. I think it came out pretty well.
I plan on spending some time over the next few days trying out different HDR settings as well as familiarizing myself with all the other plugins in the package, including the much-praised Color Efex & Silver Efex Pro. I plan on putting together a little more comprehensive review of the plugins once I am familiar with them.
I am also finishing up my post that will "finalize" my HDR software review series. Look for that in the next couple of days.
PS If any of you have some preferred settings that work well for you with the various Nik plugins, feel free to share them with others in the comments!