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From A Distance


Mt. Mckinley as seen from the south side, just north of the small town of Talkeetna. Alaska is far more accessible than I had ever thought it was. All you need to do is catch a flight to Anchorage (watch Alaska Air because they have some really inexpensive last minute specials), rent a car, drive an hour and a half north, take a photo with a ‘Levi for Mayor’ sign in Wasilla, wave at the Russians, and bingo you would be standing on the exact spot I shot this.

Capture Notes:

Nikon D700
Nikkor 70-300 VR II
Gitzo Traveler
Lexar UDMA

Processing Notes:

Capture – 7 images @ 1ev
NX2 – Raw conversion
Nik HDR Efex Pro – HDR/Tonemapping
Nik Color Efex Pro – Brilliance/Warmth selective to mountains and sky
Cropped – I don’t have a 500mm panning lens.
Sized for web

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  1. Sean sebastian says:

    Great shot and processing. I’m curious as to how you used hdr efx pro when it’s not out yet. Did you have a beta version?

    • Howdy Sean,

      Thanks for the kind words. Yes, I have been beta testing Nik’s new HDR Efex Pro for the last several months. Let me know if you have any questions.

      Take care!


  2. Hey Justin!
    Great image, sounds like a great trip for you and your camera!,…..any secrets as to the release of Nik’s HDR Efex Pro?

    • Yep, the camera and I had a great trip. If you ever have a chance to go up to Alaska, take it. It is a very cool and wild place to visit.

      No secrets to speak of. I believe it will be available pretty soon. Oct 11th if I remember correctly? It does have some cool features that other tools don’t have, or at least I haven’t seen. The HDR method is pretty slick. There are about 20 or so tonemapping methods to choose from. Things like Natural, Crisp, Smooth, Surreal, Etc…. You also have a Tone Compression slider which works wonders. The presets are great starting points, and I used them to learn the tool, but I normally just start working the image from the default. Much like I do in Photomatix. It is a slick tool, and they really listened to the beta testers and the photographic community as a whole.

  3. Justin –

    I’m likin’ the Nik HDR pro. I have been doing much of my hdr stuff by hand blending in CS5 because the halos you get with most hdr software drives me nuts. No halos on this image, looks clean and exceptional – great work!


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