10 Photos - Mar 19, 2015
Photo: Processed in the Google+ photo editor: formerly the Nik app known as Snapseed, it is now a web app available on the web only if you're using the Chrome browser. It's a very basic editor but has some tricks that even Picasa lacks. I used the black and white option (with green filter) and one of the HDR options as well. NOTE that something weird is going on in the foggy area at the top: the editor is creating halos. The handling of the lower half of the image isn't too bad, though.Photo: First effort in Lightroom 5.7. This kind of shot just isn't Lightroom's cup of tea.Photo: Second attempt in Lightroom — tweaking nearly every possible setting (contrast, clarity, exposure, shadows, highlights, blacks, vibrance, tone curve, HSL sliders for hue and luminance, and more) and also applying a graduated filter to the upper half of the shot to enhance the darks and bring out detail. Better than the first Lightroom attempt, but the result is still pretty muddy.Photo: Processed with the Nik apps. I'm pretty sure this was done in Silver Efex Pro. (I don't use Color Efex Pro often for black and white.) I like this better than either of the Lightroom efforts but it's too dramatic. (NOTE: The crop is different in this shot.)Photo: Processed in PPS 9. Black and white treatment with preset "Ansel in the Valley." I am not sure, but I think I like this better than the Nik version. But there are artefacts here, too, and the shot looks a bit unrealistic.Photo: B: color treatment in DxO Optics Pro 10. What DxO OP10 adds that is missing from the Lightroom version is its "Clearview" treatment. This cuts through the fog and brings out detail in the trees on the far side of the canyon. One other advantage over using Lightroom or the other apps: DxO provides automatic lens correction.Photo: Finally, a second version in DxO Optics Pro 10, using Clearview and one of the DxO black and white filters (plus some tweaking of a few exposure sliders and adding microcontrast).Photo: BEFORE: As exported from Lightroom 5.7 and opened in DxO 10 with default settings.Photo: AFTER: Only change I made to default settings was enabling Clearview. Wow! (These two images are screenshots taken inside DxO Optics Pro 10.)Photo: Processed in DxO Optics Pro 10, with the Clearview feature helping a lot.