Over the weekend we took a drive to the town of Orange. It was set up for a Christmas Spectacular. Luckily we arrived way before it started. Located at the Orange Circle you can find this tree decorated and ready for the holidays! Palm trees + a Christmas tree = a SoCal Christmas!! Hard to believe it is December already!! You all better be good for Santa!!! Still have lots of shopping to do!!
Christmas is over and we started to clean up the house today and take down the decorations. The tree was our last item to tackle. As I took a break this morning, I looked at the tree and yes, I HDR’d it and even tried an Infrared Photo (which was not good enough). As I looked at the tree…I thought why not shoot it monochrome! As I shot it this way, I decided to go ahead and get a few additional color shots. I like closeup tree shots and processed my HDR’s from this morning just a bit ago. They were cool, but we have all seen a tree HDR’d. I even posted mine on XMas. I wanted something different.
I added the pic into NIK’s Software…played with Color Efex Pro…just ok. Then tried my original thought of monochrome in Silver Efex Pro. Then I clicked on the “Antique Plate II” setting and that was it! I tweaked the contrast and hue/saturation a bit. So here is my last holiday shot of the season! New Years is next!! See ya next year XMas!!