Radio Star

I was recently interviewed on NIK Radio by Scott Sheppard.

The interview can be downloaded via itunes here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/nik-radio/id365360524


NIK Software HDR Efex Pro 2 Examples

I posted a brief article on the differences between 'out of the box' renders of an HDR scene with NIK Softwares HDR EFEX PRO and Photomatix using some shots of my bathroom... can't find the original post now... but here is a quick 'Bathroom' comparison of an HDR EFEX PRO 2 shot and Photomatix shot side by side.

I used an un-scientific 60 second editing rule on each shot... i.e. I didn't fiddle with the default output much before posting.

Photomatix Pro 4

NIK Software HDR EFEX Pro 2

You can see that the NIK Software HDR Efex Pro 2 software has created a more realistic image by default that doesn't have that HDR 'look'. While some people like the effect I prefer the more natural appearance of the NIK render but this will be a matter of opinion.

NIK Software HDR Efex Pro 2 features a number of presets that provide a baseline for further modifications and some of these pre-sets can have a very strong effect that works better in some situations.


NIK Software HDR Efex Pro 2 Ships

I have been working with the team at NIK for the last few weeks testing out their latest version of HDR Efex Pro and it rocks!

There are some excellent new features including the following key new features:

  • NEW: Improved Tone Mapping Engine — Develop superior results with better color rendering and improved natural styles
  • UPDATED: Interface, Interaction, and Workflow — Benefit from improvements to the merging interface, tone mapping and enhancement controls, visual presets, and more
  • NEW: Depth Control — Enjoy added depth and realism in images and helps with the new and proprietary Depth control, which helps counteract the flattened look commonly associated with HDR images
  • NEW: Full GPU Processing and Multi-Core Optimization — Gain even faster performance with GPU processing that takes full advantage of the processors found on modern display adapters
  • UPDATED: Ghost Reduction — Improved ghost reduction algorithm ensures that artifacts created by moving objects are removed with a single click
  • NEW: Chromatic Aberration Reduction — Reduce color fringes around objects
  • NEW: Graduated Neutral Density Control — Access the full 32-bit depth of the merged image, providing a natural effect especially on images with a strong horizon line
  • NEW: Full White Balance Control — Take full advantage of the white balance in an image with a new Tint slider, which along with the Temperature slider, can be applied both globally as well as selectively using U Point technology
  • NEW: History Browser — Easily review adjustments and different HDR looks via the History Browser which records every enhancement used in an editing session
  • NEW: Extended Language Support — International users benefit by the addition of Brazilian Portuguese and Chinese (Simplified and Traditional) to a list of languages that includes English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, and Japanese

Photographer of the Year

My Photograph of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park has won the Black and White Round of Photographer of the Year in Practical Photography Magazine.

El Capitan, Yosemite National Park


Panoramic Slide Show

Here is a quick slide show of my some panoramic photos from my gallery