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Figure The Filter | by Tony DeSantis Photography
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Figure The Filter

This is a shot from last year that I past over. Well, I really didn't pass it over I processed another set of photo's like it but again with what I feel is better processing skills I decided to process this shot now.


I have started a photo wall at the office and soon to follow is the home wall so that has generated some interest in old photo's that will be printed, framed and finally hung. Off the computer and on the wall, the hope of every photographer.


The title comes from the work flow of processing. My work flow is pretty much normal for me. Topaz Adjust, Nik Color Efex Pro, Curves, levels, a nip here a tuck there and I am pretty much done. But at the end of this process I decided to try another Nik Color Filter (Bi-Color Filter) This filter gives the scene all sorts of different colors but it keeps the textures and your scene in tact.

After trying some other colors eventually I stayed with what I originally had.



5 Exposure HDR -2 to +2, Photomatix (Detail Enhancer) Saved as tiff



>HDR Tiff brought into Photoshop along with -2 EV

>-2EV CMD A (Select All), CMD C (Copy), Back to HDR Tiff, CMD V (Paste), Back to -2 Ev and delete

>Duplicate HDR Tiff and move to above -2 EV, Added Mask to Duplicated HDR, Painted in areas I wanted to replace, in this case the sky with the really large and blown out moon and the lights that are much to large and shinny.

>Once completed-Flatten Image

>Topaz Adjust-Add detail and color

>Topaz InFocus-Sharpen Image

>Topaz Denoise-Selectively remove noise-mostly in sky

>Nik Color Efex Pro-Pro Contrast-Lower opacity to taste

>Adjustment Layer Curves-Slight selective contasts

>Adjustment Layer Levels-Final Bring out colors in sky and water

>High Pass Filter Sharpening for final Sharpen of image

>Cropped, Framed and sized for posting

I don't know if this seems like a lot of Post Processing, this is pretty normal for me and my post processing.

>>Time of post processing 1 Hour

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Taken on February 17, 2011