Are you using a modified curve in your D100, or are you adjusting after shooting in NC3? Are you shooting NEF or JPEG? Do you have some explanation on how to post-process a photo? This is black magic for me right now... Try, but would like to make it an exact science...
Thanks.. I liked the shot too. What I am amazed to find is that a lot of my images could have benifited from using my new internal curve.
that was an nef that I took the other day before I made my custom curve. within NC3, you can apply any curve to a batch of images, which is how the curve was applied to this picture.
even though most of my images have benifited from the curve, one or two have not, which is also why i am still sticking with NEF because I can always change the contrast curve after the fact--restoring it back to an original camera curve.
the following is the same picture--also taken before the curve--but I made a duplicate of the file to show the picture with and without the curve. please note, the picture was taken with no other light besides a bounced sb-50dx.