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Updated as per comments (ignoring Kev, of course) and some minor other tweaks.
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Registered: August 2008
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Sat December 4, 2010 6:29am

Here's the original base shot for the HDR and post work...

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Registered: December 2007
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Sat December 4, 2010 3:49pm

Gotta say the contrast on this one is a lot better. That's the trouble with modern editing we have so many knobs and dials we can tweak, which is great, but we have to learn which ones don't actually need tweaking. To use one of Kev's musical analogies, sometimes it's the notes you don't play that make you an outstanding musician.

What you do is brilliant and very time consuming work, but you can only be judged on the end result, not the process.

Registered: August 2008
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Sat December 4, 2010 4:17pm

Thanks Geoff, I have to admit though, that the final product vs original RAW looks like this would have been a helluva lot of fiddly cloning, masking, etc. But it really wasn't as fiddly or time consuming as it might first appear. Total time would be less than two hours from starting the tonemapping process to finished product with a bit of web surfing in the middle.
Sat December 4, 2010 6:21pm

Great honez far nicer now and you have lost the blue cast also.

Registered: February 2008
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Sun December 5, 2010 12:11am

As you are a Canon guy I assume that you don't have a copy of NX2...but I do know that you like Nik Software plugins. Your car pics are very similar to my studio flower shots in that you need to be able to 'very selectively' control small-regions with regard to things like lighting, contrast, etc....accurately and fast.

The NX2 "colour control" U-Point technology is perfect for this...so Viveza 2 would be a great tool for you to use. It's doesn't contain ALL the 'selection' control functions that NX2 has...but, it does have all the ones that would apply here.

U-Point controls are so accurate, fast and easy to use...that you could apply them to an image like this is just 2-3 mins to bring out hidden details in all kinds of places. For example, the inner rim areas of the front wheels on this pic...where the detail is a tad dark and not showingup. There isn't an image that couldn't be improved (fine-tuned) by using the U-point features. IF you haven't already, give the Nik Viveza 2 plugin a trial...coz once you get used to it...I think you will love it.

Let's say, that you wanted (for example) just to "slightly" lighten the white area on the car licence plate coz it looks a tad dull compared to the original...but not touch the black lettering at all. With a control point you could do that to any desired level in just 3 or 4 seconds. It's so damn easy and pin-points the application to only a very selective region.

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