More Bears, Northern Islands Svalbard.
Shot from a Zodiac, 1Dx + 200-400f/4.
great shots eml!...curious, what are you using for editing, LR4?
Thanks Northstar, Basically my Workflow is like this, of course it depends on how well I made the capture in the first place, I think Generally I wouldn't spend more than 10 to 15 minutes on an Image. If I cocked it up at Capture I keep it to remind me of what I did wrong, but I don't work on the Image, a poor Image cant really be made a Good Image with Software, mostly.
I bring everything into LR, currently LR4 but I do have LR5, just haven't got around to setting it up yet.
In LR I mainly look at WB & Crop, not much else, I use LR mostly to manage my Files.
Then into PS, currently CS6, there I look at Brightness, Levels & Curves depending on what seems to be needed, I like to work in Layers, gives me the opportunity to go back later if I need to.
I use NIK, but mostly if I need some very local adjustment, I do this from CS6 in a Layer, i.e.. On the recent Polar Bear Images I used NIK to adjust brightness on the bears, in the Wild the Bears are more a Dirty Yellow rather than White, if your expecting Golden Compass Bears it's disappointing, no Armour as well.
Only other things I use are On One Effects 4, some work on the Eyes, maybe some small adjustments to background colour, I like On One Photo Suite 7, my hopes for a future Adobe PS Killer without the yearly subscription (I wont get started on this).
If Noise is an issue, rarely, but it depends on the original conditions and what ISO I've used, I go to NIK's DeFine2, there are others, but I find this works best for me, the localised ability to adjust is great, mostly I find Noise becomes an issue in uniform backgrounds and the main Object of the Image doesn't require any adjustment, NIK's DeNoise seems to handle this well.
Then very rarely I use Filter Forge 3, this I use if I want to set a uniform lightness to the background in some Images, FF is a big programme that does a lot, but I use it very rarely, If you have spare time, nothing to do, this is a great Programme for just messing around with an Image to see what comes out of the Mix.
Last stop is again On One for some sharpening.
To resize for the Web (CR) I use On One Resize.
I enjoy the after Image part almost as much as the Image taking, almost, it's nice to take a RAW Image that has had some effort made in the Capture, and see where you can make adjustments to bring the Image more to life, I'de love to be able to Paint or draw, but my creative ability in that area resides in the ability to do 0's & x's, so it's Photography that works for me and the Post Image work as well.
All of this is a little subjective, If I did a really good job in the first place, then it's 5 minutes work per Image, I've heard a lot from People (generally the un informed), about the evils of "Photoshopped" Images, but 100% of my Images go through Photoshop, I shoot RAW, as do most People that are serious about their Images, so some form of adjustment is required, LR & PS are pretty well it for the moment and likely to stay that way for a while, unfortunately.
My apologies if this became a little long winded.