D7000 with Nikon 16-85 VR and ghost towns.

Started Jul 13, 2012 | Discussions thread
Steve Bingham
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Re: D7000 with Nikon 16-85 VR and ghost towns.

Renato, one was pushed pretty hard! Another had some serious tone mapping. Two simply had some careful dodging and burning. I increase local contrast by dodging the highlights and burning the shadows. As this can sometimes increase noise levels, I use Noise Ninja. The detail holds well, even when resampled to 16 x 24 inch prints. That would be close to A2 for the rest of the world. For those seeking similar results, there is some down-and-dirty software that does tone mapping - such as Color Efex Pro, Topaz Adjust, and many more.

I rarely use programs like Photomatix Pro which are full HDR.

Because my photographs and style bends toward the surreal anyway, sometimes this technique works well - other times NOT. The D7000 is fully capable of producing excellent raw files that can take this thrashing. You really do need maximum DR. JPG images will tend to fall apart. I do all my original work in 16 bit tiffs converted from 14 bit raw files. I hope this answers your question.

rhlpetrus wrote:

In termso of IQ, the D7k is as good as it gets. Nice body as well. Almost perfect camera actually for most applications short of pro action shooting.

You are using some hard colors/contrast here, is there any HDR soft tech involved?
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