This afternoon, after seeing a prompt for downloads from Nikon for Capture NX2, I decided to take a shot at Color Efex 3.0. Take a look at this already strong image of downtown Wausau’s 400 Block taken on a Saturday in early December of 2011. I was able to add more brilliance and put in a graduated filter effect resulting in the crisper color of the scene.
As I had put Color Efex to work, my eyes opened wider and my heart began to beat a little faster. The red brick of the buildings, the gradient blue of the sky, and the over all brilliance of the image make me feel good about this. I have already sent an image file to Dawn Follendorf of Wausau Mainstreet, and Tracy Balz of the Wausau/Central Wisconsin Visitor’s Bureau for a user-end review.
Color Efex is capable of doing more wilder things. It could even lead into High Dynamic Range Photography. I have it on a 30 day free trial during which time I will continue to experiment with it.