Nik HDR Efex Pro 2 and Pentax K-5 compatibility issues?

[UPDATE: Issue solved – Nik Software Support analyzed the file and fond the mistake. I had set Lightroom to do automatic tone adjustments on import which changed the exposure of the files. I thought HDR Efex would ignore that, but it turns out it doesn’t. Still think HDR Efex should have a dialog to adjust for theat…]

If you’re a user of Nik Software’s HDR Efex Pro plugin I’m sure you’ve seen that version 2 is out, and from everything I’ve seen so far the upgrade is a no-brainer – I literally couldn’t pull out my credit card fast enough ;)

Unfortunately I have only been able to use it with single images so far. I shot a series of 5 images, 2 stops apart, but the export from Lightroom into HDR Efex looked weird:

Basically, it misreads the EXIFs and swaps the second and third image of the series. For comparison, here’s the original files in Lightroom with the exposure info:

Image exposure is f2.8 with 1/750, 1/180, 1/45, 1/10 and 1/3, which should be just fine. Pentax K-5 with firmware 1.13, set up for 5 shots two stops apart. Any idea where the problem is?

I’ve contacted Nik support on Twitter, and they’ve been very responsive. I remember that the old version used to have a dialog where you could manually add the exposure steps if it xouldn’t read it properly, but it seems you can’t manually make that appear.

Here’s what version 2 says:

Unfortunately there’s no way to fix the ‘error’.

I’d be very happy for a solution, be it on Nik’s or Pentax’s side. Maybe someone reading this can help… I’m uploading the original DMG files on DropBox so you can check for yourself. I’ve also tried manually importing the DNGs into HDR Efex Pro 2, and doing the same from exported JPGs. Same result.

Here are the source files:

And, to leave on a happy note, here are two HDRs that I did this week (from single files), one artistic, one more realistic:



Nik Software HDR Efex Pro 2 is out

Overview of HDR Efex Pro 2 – Nik Software

Watch this video on YouTube or on Easy Youtube.

Well, at least in the US it is, and Scott Kelby has a $40 rebate for it on his blog.

Unfortunately it seems US only, again – Nik’s rollout strategy is really starting to annoy me.

They have all kinds of great deals, but always US only. And even the standard price prefers US customers the complete collection is $224 in the US, but > $300 in germany.

Flickr: Beller Kirche HDR

I was sick at home with a cold today, and I took a walk this morning in the fresh snow hoping to get rid of my headache (didn’t really work). Of course I took my camera ;)

One of the prettiest buildings in the area is the Beller Kirche.

“Standing as a symbol of Eckelsheim is the ruin of the Beller Kirche, a Late Gothic church. Since 1982, many cultural events have been being held in the summer months. In 2002, the historic Bellermarkt (market) was held once again around the Beller Kirche ruin; it had last been held in 1902.”

The weather was fab today, so I took a few shots of the church covered in snow. Post processed in Lightroom with Nik HDR Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro and Dfine. Click on the images to view them in Flickr and leave a comment ;)



Version 4.6 of Dynamic-Phot HDR is out!

The latest version of my favourite HDR software is out.


Changes in 4.6: Latest Version 4.6 (18/Oct/2009): Updated RAW reading for newest cameras,including Olympus EP-1, Panasonic GF-1, Pentax K7, Nikon D5000 and others.

It’s still only $55 – a steal, especially when you consider current USD exchange rates.