This is taken with 4 shots, stitched together, then filtered through Silver Efex 2 Pro using Fine Art Process #18 Presets. I can’t remember the film setting but the original is taken @ ISO3200 so it’s going to be quite grainy… I did it like this to kind of recapture some of what Taiwan would have looked like 50 years ago. Did it succeed?
You can really play around with the edits in LR. The first Temple Dragon below (left) I pushed the whites and vibrance a little too much, so the clouds got blown out and the orange at the bottom right got a little ‘excited’.
When I redid the 2nd dragon photograph, I dropped the highlights early on and had stronger shadows. I also toned down the saturation a little. I then created a preset called ‘Dragon’, and re-applied these same changes to the first image.
Result was #3. Overall, colors seemed a tad stronger, esp. the red/yellow flowers and greenery in the center bottom areas. Also, the clouds came out looking a little darker. I wasn’t too happy with the Dragon’s nose, so perhaps I could improve that!