I’ve photographed this Lion before but decided to do a High Dynamic Range “environmental portrait” this time. All of the elements in this photo are antiques of various origin. The lion is of course Asian. The lamp base to the left is part of a large art nouveau, Austrian urn. The dining room breakfront is an English antique. And the little brass candle holder? Not sure about that but it is old.
This shot was my first set of 9 exposures using my brand new Nikon D700 last year. Having moved up from a D100 DX, I was pretty excited to finally have a full frame, FX sensor camera. I know, lots of techie talk but hey, the improvement in photo quality is tremendous.
I used Nik HDR Efex Pro for tone mapping, using control points for various areas of the image. I specifically used Structure on the Lion to add more depth and detail. Most of the post processing for this image was done in Adobe Photoshop using Curves, Hue/Saturation, Shadow/Highlights, Channel Mixer and High Pass filter (for final sharpening).
This image was cropped from the original, pre-processed full shot below, to draw more attention to the Lion, also called a Foo Dog. Go Figure! The Lion seemed to be swallowed up in the other elements so I cropped to an 8×10 ratio for old times sake.
I used the term “pre-processed” for the below image. I always shoot raw with no image adjustments in the camera. (White Balance MAYBE) This gives me the best clean raw captures to work with in post-processing.