Routine for D7k+CNX2, wide DR and u-points

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Routine for D7k+CNX2, wide DR and u-points
Jul 10, 2012

This is just a simple example of how good the D7k is at recording wide DR scenes and how I use CNX2 recovery and u-points to reach the desired results. Here's the ooc file, just converted in CNX2 with in-camera settings (Standard Profile), with RGB histogram.

Note that there is slight HLs clipping (B channel only) and some darker areas which deserve some pulling. I exposed using spotmetering on the brightest clouds, and added 2 stops, guaranteeing that cloud would be exactly white before clipping. The clipped areas are in the sky, not clouds, he effect of clipping the B channel is to make lower central part of sky a bit greenish.

One can see the settings for recovery I used, next you see them in action.

Now both ends of histogram look perfect, but image lacks a bit of punch and some darker areas still lack detail. Here enter NIK's u-point tool, and the effect is dramatic (check RGB histogram as well):

For those interested in the u-points used:

And here is the final version at 1280 px wide (click on it twice):

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