14-May-2012

Cluster of Rododendron Flowers.

The Rhododendorn’s that the deer didn’t eat last winter are currently in bloom. The following five pictures are the same image processed differently. The first image is the straight out of the camera imbedded jpg image with no post processing. Next next four pictures were processed with Phase One Capture One Pro 6; Nikon Capture NX2; Adobe Lightroom 4; and Adobe Photoshop CS6.

I’m interested in comments which version you like or dislike.

Cluster of Rhododendron Flowers. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V1 and 30-100 mm VR lens (ISO 400, 41.2 mm, f/4, 1/60 sec). Out of the camera imbedded jpg image. (David J Mathre)
Cluster of Rhododendron Flowers. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V1 and 30-100 mm VR lens (ISO 400, 41.2 mm, f/4, 1/60 sec). Out of the camera imbedded jpg image. (David J Mathre)
Cluster of Rhododendron Flowers. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V1 and 30-100 mm VR lens (ISO 400, 41.2 mm, f/4, 1/60 sec). Raw image processed with Phase One - Capture One Pro 6 (vivid, levels, vignetting). (David J Mathre)
Cluster of Rhododendron Flowers. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V1 and 30-100 mm VR lens (ISO 400, 41.2 mm, f/4, 1/60 sec). Raw image processed with Phase One - Capture One Pro 6 (vivid, levels, vignetting). (David J Mathre)
Cluster of Rhododendron Flowers. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V1 and 30-100 mm VR lens (ISO 400, 41.2 mm, f/4, 1/60 sec). Raw image processed with Nikon Capture NX2 (levels, noise reduction). (David J Mathre)
Cluster of Rhododendron Flowers. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V1 and 30-100 mm VR lens (ISO 400, 41.2 mm, f/4, 1/60 sec). Raw image processed with Nikon Capture NX2 (levels, noise reduction). (David J Mathre)
Cluster of Rhododendron Flowers. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V1 and 30-100 mm VR lens (ISO 400, 41.2 mm, f/4, 1/60 sec). Raw image processed with Lightroom 4 (Adobe Camera Raw 7). (David J Mathre)
Cluster of Rhododendron Flowers. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V1 and 30-100 mm VR lens (ISO 400, 41.2 mm, f/4, 1/60 sec). Raw image processed with Lightroom 4 (Adobe Camera Raw 7). (David J Mathre)
Cluster of Rhododendron Flowers. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V1 and 30-100 mm VR lens (ISO 400, 41.2 mm, f/4, 1/60 sec). Raw image processed with Photoshop CS6 (Adobe Camera Raw 7). (David J Mathre)
Cluster of Rhododendron Flowers. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V1 and 30-100 mm VR lens (ISO 400, 41.2 mm, f/4, 1/60 sec). Raw image processed with Photoshop CS6 (Adobe Camera Raw 7). (David J Mathre)

Author: David Mathre

I am a scientist by training (Eckerd College, BSc; Caltech, Ph.D.). I worked for 27 years as a Chemist in the Pharmaceutical Industry developing processes to manufacture medicines for human and animal health. I now spend my time as a photographer and world traveler. My interests in photography include the natural world, wildlife, landscapes, skyscapes, and seascapes. I have traveled to over 50 countries over the last 10 years, often on Semester at Sea voyages. While at home in New Jersey, I spend time on a home renovation project and expanding my wildflower garden/meadow.

3 thoughts on “14-May-2012”

  1. The Capture One 6 probably looks the most pleasing to most people – it is more vivid. The Lightroom 4/PS6 ones about the same as each other to me (since both using ACR 7) except for the foliage (which is lighter around the edges). These look more natural to me but the white balance seems bluer (?) and maybe the contrast lower. Seems like results would heavily depend on what processing setting are chosen. The new sliders in Lightroom 4 Develop are a nice improvement.

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