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Old Feb 3, 2010, 11:33 PM   #1
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Took this shot in San Juan Capistrano (where the swallows return) at the old mission. Not sure I liked this 5-exposure single RAW HDR. I wasn't thinking HDR at the time.
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Old Feb 3, 2010, 11:36 PM   #2
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...so, I converted it to black and white as seen here. Yes, I "tweaked" it some in Photoshop to give it a darker look.

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B&W is the one I prefer, I find it more appealing. But the color is nice also.
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The B&W one looks like something that Ansel Adams would be proud to say was his. While the color one is something Walt Disney would want. I like the B&W.
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For me the B&W version is amazing and works way better than the colored one! I think the color HDR is too much... B&W is my choice here
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Old Feb 4, 2010, 9:26 AM   #6
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I love the colors in good HDR images but I've always been partial to B&W. There's something about the added context, nostalgia, if you will, with the B&W that is appropriate for your 'historic' setting.
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Yeah. Too much color in the first one. B&W works better. But there's some softness in both.
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well i am partial to b&w photography anyways. so i am definately going with the mono treatment. emphasizes the textures, good tonal range.
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B&W, hands down. While I like color HDR in general, this is one of those that doesn't work (in my opinion) - the sky has halos and weird cyan coloring in places, the HDR rather greyed out some of the color in the courtyard, the far right side has strange, noisy bits. Some of the brick is OK in the color version (at least to my taste) but isn't enough to rescue the picture.

But all those faults are taken care of in the b&w version, which I really like - a lovely scene. You did a great job of saving a picture, I'm impressed. Any chance you might someday re-shoot the scene and exposure bracket, to do a comparison?
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i agree 100% on the black and white version
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