The hardest part about this shot (apart from the subject being a dust magnet) was getting the "glow" while retaining everything else from the HDR process. I ended up using several steps to do this, but one of them I never thought about until Scott Frederick mentioned it in his blog post yesterday. He applied different levels of noise reduction to separate layers, then merged them together. That is one of the steps that I did here. Applying a LOT of noise reduction made the image blurry, which is one of the effects I wanted for the "glow". Merging the blurred "glow" with the sharpness of the rest of the image produced a portion of the effect I was looking for. I also did a lot of brightening, over saturation, cloning/spot healing to try to make the coloring of the glow as uniform as possible. For giggles and grins, I also added a bit of "glow" to my watermark at the bottom right, using Drop Shadow and Outer Glow in Photoshop CS5.
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