Color Efex Pro Solarization filter: a Halloween treat

On October 31, 2012 by DaniLew

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Almost every year, my fellow NikonCafe.com members have travelled to Virginia’s Eastern Shore for our Spring and Fall migration shoots.  And every year since 2009, we’ve made a stop at Eyre Hall in Cheriton.

Eyre Hall property was patented in 1668, the plantation was placed on the National Register in 1969 and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2012.  The house is open for tours during garden week and individuals/small groups are allowed to wander the grounds, gardens, cemetery, orangery ruins, and Cherrystone Creek.

The gardens are lovely but I truly love the ruins!

Eastern Shore of Virginia Fall 2009 Migration Shoot (Eyre Hall)- taken with a Nikon D200 IR-converted camera and Nikon 18-200 VR lens

Eastern Shore of Virginia Fall 2009 Migration Shoot (Eyre Hall)

Image above made with a Nikon D300 camera and Tamron 17-50 lens

I have probably made this same image over and over again.

However, I was never satisfied with the what I brought home until I reviewed my infrared images.

Eastern Shore of Virginia Fall 2009 Migration Shoot (Eyre Hall - Infrared) - taken with a Nikon D200 IR-converted camera and Nikon 18-200 VR lens

Eastern Shore of Virginia Fall 2009 Migration Shoot (Eyre Hall – Infrared)

Image above made with a Nikon D200 IR-converted camera and Nikon 18-200 VR lens

Oh, I was so happy!  My creative juices were flowing and I started to imagine, strangely enough, Thornfield Hall (from the book Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë) after the fire and I knew that it had to be a dark and moody black & white.

Of course, I went straight for Silver Efex Pro by Nik Software but the renderings in that tool did nothing for me.  A first for me.

I had almost given up hope on gloom and doom until I played around in Color Efex Pro 3 also by Nik Software and found what I wanted in the Solarization filter.

Picket fence guards the family cemetery that resides next to an orangery damaged by fire in 1819 at Eyre Hall in Cheriton, Virginia - infrared - taken with a Nikon D300 camera and Nikon 18-200 VR lens

Picket fence guards the family cemetery that resides next to an orangery damaged by fire in 1819 at Eyre Hall in Cheriton, Virginia – infrared

Now, this is the creepy I was looking for!  Happy Halloween!

 

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