Yesterday, I was fully booked in the studio and on location with portraits. Every year, I have the pleasure of photographing my girlfriend/professional photographer, Ashley Brokop, and her familiy. This year, I decided to take their picture in front of Charleston's "Half-Way-House" and the "Door to Nowhere".
I used one head on an Elinchrom Ranger Quadra pack with a Rotalux softbox (camera left) and a Nikon SB-900 with no modifier (camera right) for both scenarios.
After capturing the picture, I used onOne software's PhotoTools 2.5 Professional Edition to manipulate the image. As you can see from the screenshot above, there are many options to choose from. I literally had too many options, which was a welcomed change.
The software was easy to use and I could preview any of the actions before applying them to my picture. The dual preview shows you an example of the original and what it will look like.
I have taken a couple of my favorite shots from yesterday and applied a couple of finishes from PhotoTools 2.5. So, I need you help choosing!
I know the above and below images are slightly different from the others and there is a good explanation. I used Adobe Lightroom 3 to create two virtual copies of the original image. I then manipulated the exposure +1 and -1 from the original. I saved the three copies and combined them to create a "virtual" HDR file.
Help me decide the winner! Cast your vote now!