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Old Jan 31, 2010, 4:03 PM   #1
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Default Tugboats "Herbert" and "Hertug" in B & W

When I first saw these two tugboats tied up at this quiet little place, almost out in the 'nowhere', I just had to shoot'em. I realized soon that this was not going to be easy, as by the time I got rigget up to take the picture, this very strong and very low sun was breaking through the clouds and backlighting the black hulls of the boats!

But then we had done a HDR or two before, so I shot a series of 5-exposure brackets and tried to go B & W on this one, as there really was not much color to show, anyway.


Now I am not a B&W-man at all, since most of my pictures ususally show more 'color-based mood' than anything else. Not much mood here, of course, but I tried to get as many values of B&W in one place.....


Shot with my Panasonic G1 and kit-lens 14-45mm - a superb HDR-camera!


BTW - I give you the middle exposure, just to show how conditions were that day:
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Old Jan 31, 2010, 7:22 PM   #2
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Nice bw Walter. So detailed.
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you did well with those conditions walter. the hdr brought out the details in the sky. the range of tones is good, giving it a nice balance. the extra detail from the hdr also had the effect of separating the boats from the background, giving it more depth and dimension.
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I'm not a big fan of HDR images as the colors usually come out 'too cooked' for my personal taste ( and I tend to lean towards more rather than less color). In this black and white however, the HDR does indeed give the image a greater sense of dimension. The tugboats do "pop" out of the frame with the detail in the sky adding to the overall feel of the image.

An unusual use of HDR. I'm glad you thought of it and shared the result.

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Walter - I think this is your first B&W HDR, isn't it? The result is really great, contrast and details are amazing. Great work

BTW: Just wondering if this is the "standard" B&W option you can choose in DPHDR (like color, sepia,...)? It has to be, I think
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Default Appreciations for your kind words, guys!

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Nice bw Walter. So detailed.
Thank you, Ordo! Long time no see...?


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...the hdr brought out the details in the sky. the range of tones is good, giving it a nice balance...
Thank you for your comments, Hards80!
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...In this black and white however, the HDR does indeed give the image a greater sense of dimension. The tugboats do "pop" out of the frame \...
Thank's zig-123.
I appreciate your comments regarding HDR's in general and this particular B&W-HDR!
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Walter - I think this is your first B&W HDR, isn't it? The result is really great, contrast and details are amazing. Great work

BTW: Just wondering if this is the "standard" B&W option you can choose in DPHDR (like color, sepia,...)? It has to be, I think
Thank's Markus!

Yes, you are right maggo85!

This is indeed the "B&W" - 1. window after "Color" when you open the 'Filter'-function (top-right button, above the Gamma-slider) in DPHRD. I found out it does a better job, than I could do by myself converting a finnished color-HDR to a B&W-one in Ps...


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