The NIK Collection from Google

A photographer friend and former student of mine and I were discussing HDR. I have started to use auto bracketing and the new HDR merge feature of Lightroom on some images. I am generally pleased with the results.There is almost no ghosting with tripod shots. I also did hand held shots with a VR lens and the ghosting correction option worked perfectly. See Yesterday’s post

My friend suggested I try the NIK filter collection plug-in from Google which I have since installed and am really amazed with the options offered by this product. I have just started to experiment with it and so far I am wowed! I cannot yet comment on all the features but compare the two images below.

The first was done with standard editing using saturation, highlight and monochrome tools on Lightroom. The second using one of the many editing pallets from the HIK Silver plugin for Lightroom.

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Standard Editing Monochrome

Standard Editing Monochrome

NIK Silver Tool

NIK Silver Tool

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A Plant With Knees

I am not sure why they call them cypress knees. They look kind of eerie and I can imagine a slow speed canoe chase through a foggy wetlands where dodging the knees is the difference between life and death. This solitary one looks like the head of Valcor The Luck Dragon from the The Neverending Story rising from a lake.

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A Plant with Knees

A Plant with Knees

Swamp Reflections

Lettuce Lake is a state park located in Tampa Florida. I like visiting there whenever I am in Tampa. It has a great series of boardwalks running through florida wetlands and a wildlife sanctuary. The reflections in the still dark waters can produce magnificent mirror images until disrupted by a bird, canoe or alligator.

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Swamp Reflections

Swamp Reflections

Winter at Lettuce Lake

Lettuce Lake is a state park located in Tampa Florida. I like visiting there whenever I am in Tampa. It has a great series of boardwalks running through florida wetlands and a wildlife sanctuary. This year It was kind of overcast when we arrived and for the first time I actually saw it in monochrome. This is one of the black and white shots from the visit.

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Lettuce Lake State Park

Lettuce Lake State Park

Brown Pelicans at Ding Darling

The first time someone ever asked me “have you been to Ding Darling” I thought they were staring to tell me a dirty joke and just said “pardon me?” I later found out they were talking about the Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge on Captiva island in Florida. Turns out it is actually name for a guy called Ding Darling, but that is a whole other story.

It truly is a wonderful spot and even can be appreciated on a gray day like the one we were there. But the rain held off and the birds didn’t really care that is wasn’t sunny. To see other images and buy apparel or prints, please visit my commercial gallery.

Pelicans at Ding Darling

Pelicans at Ding Darling