The Forgotten (Yes you can do HDR Black and White!)

Tinychat Video Interview

Yesterday, we did a little video interview with @Peachpit, the book publisher. It went pretty well, except for the Porn Spam. But…. that drifts away after a few minutes. Special thanks to Pat O’Brien who uploaded a recording here.

Daily Photo – The Forgotten

This was brought up in the chat session yesterday — Black and White HDRs! Yes, they are possible, and they are a lot of fun!  I don’t do it that much because I am so in love with vibrant colors.. but sometimes, on a lark, I’ll do it.  The one below, of a forgotten temple in Cambodia, is a simple black and white with a bit of a sepia tone.  Enjoy!

The Forgotten

  • I also enjoyed the TinyChat session yesterday. As far as those spammers: I just clicked on their user name and selected the “block” option. It worked well!

    I do find the conversion of HDR images to B&W fascinating. I think I share the sentiment with you that the vibrancy is what we go for with HDR, so I only do a rare number of B&W HDRs. I think for me, one of the deciding factors to convert to B&W is whether the image has some kind of iconic status. For example, on my photoblog this year I posted a B&W HDR image of Ground Zero to commemorate 9/11.

  • What’s your advice, convert to BW, then tonemap or convert afterwards?

  • very well done – this makes it look like a fairytale!

  • I've played around with B&W HDR's as well. I like to convert the tonemapped image to a B&W. Here's an example...

  • Happy Saturday, everyone! Very nice B & W photo, Trey!!! Henderson, yours was very good, also. Reminds me of the photos we took as kids, but not of this sort of thing, lol. Unfortunately, I lost my old photos when a house I lived in at the time flooded in the basement in the 60’s. I have a few left. Great job and thanks so much for sharing!!!

  • casusan

    Love this one Trey – really cool!

  • That is very cool! Makes me feel like I’m looking at a photo from the early 1900’s or earlier, Rudyard Kipling comes to mind, early treasure hunters, all kinds of things like that. I’ve never tried B&W but will now!

  • I did a set of night HDRI’s in both color and B&W. It worked better with some than others.

  • Never thought about this before, cause the colors are one of the coolest things with hdr shots….but looks interesting…thanks for sharing this one with us !!

  • Thanks very much!

    Steve – I do the tonemapping at the end.

  • This looks like something out of a 1930’s movie scene! This must be close to Angkor Wat…

  • Zim

    It was very interesting to listen to you yesterday. I couldn’t stay for the whole interview, but I enjoyed what I saw. Very interesting to see a black and white HDR!

  • Nicely done. Looks more of a 17th century painting 🙂

  • Jack Rice

    The interview was very good, gave some useful answers, and most of them very in-depth – always good.

    Nice example of a black and white HDR, really does work with contextualising with the actual subject of the photograph – works really well. On the occasions where I do black and white HDRs, I just set the saturation to 0 in tone-mapping and seems to do the job well.

    Also, I quite like using Topaz Adjust to create some great black and white photos that really do like original black and white photographs, as there’s no colour you can really use those more extravagant settings that would otherwise leave your photos looking considerably over-worked.

  • Looks fantastic.

  • Very nice!

    I recently did a B&W HDR of the Hydro Sculptured Canyon in Zion

  • This image hits on two of my favorite themes – decay, and few tones. Really wonderful image.

  • Wow, superb blog structure! How long have you ever been blogging for? you make running a blog glance easy. The entire glance of your site is magnificent, let alone the content!

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