Here is the full frame of the shot I took in Iceland and posted a square crop of last week.
The difference between the two pictures is that this one has been processed in Silver Efex Pro 2 hopefully without an obvious pre-set look that is so easy to get. I have started to use SEP 2 much more but I still do my final adjustments in Lightroom 4.3 mainly because I feel it gives me more control. The Nik Zone read out is a very blunt instrument, if you are in zone 1 is that 10% or 19% brightness? it’s a huge difference. Just for the record anybody who has tried to recreate the Zone System criteria digitally will tell you that the zones do not correspond with set increments of 10% brightness difference.
I have found with using Silver Efex Pro 2 it is best to start with a low contrast original especially if you intend to add Tri-X film grain.
The Silver Efex Pro Tutorial videos are good see http://www.niksoftware.com/learnmore/usa/index.php/webinars/archives/
Below is the version I did in Lightroom see how the Nik control points technology has brought out the detail in the background of the picture above. As has been said in the past the Nik Control Points are a unique tool.
If you have downloaded the 771Mb of Lightroom 4.3 but you can not get it to open or run – right-click on the file in your download folder, open the properties and click unblock on the general tab. This should do the trick and start the set up wizard. If that does not work go to the Lightroom forums other causes and solutions are discussed there.
A big hello to all the new followers of my little blog this week.
(c) Andy Beel FRPS 2012