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Under the Boardwalk

Posted by
Don Smith (California, United States) on 1 September 2010 in Landscape & Rural.


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My apologies to The Drifters as I always did like that song. I hesitated posting this image because unlike most of my landscape images, this one was heavily processed (I was just having fun). I was looking for an image to test the multitude of filters in Nik Color Efex Pro 3.0. Unlike my other images, I couldn't even begin to remember what I did with this image as I ran it through (4) different filters (actually more but discarded the other results). It was just a fun exercise for me to test the effect of the various filters found in this software. I was at this stage of the process when my wife Beri walked into my office and said, "Wow, that's cool!"

I guess it has a quasi-HDR look and feel, but it was not run through any HDR software. About all I can do is give you the backstory on how the image was created. I captured this image about 40 minutes after sunset under the Capitola Wharf in central California. This is a 6-minute timed exposure with the Canon 70-200mmL lens at f2.8 at 800 ISO. I simply locked my cable release into place and timed the exposure with the stopwatch function in my iPhone.

After applying my normal routine of processing the RAW file in Adobe Camera RAW, I felt the image was rather bland and that is when the fun began. I can tell you that Color Efex Pro 3.0 contains 52 filters and allows for 250 effects. The cool thing is the changes are made on a separate layer so if you don't like what you see, just trash the layer and start over!

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