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Sometimes simple is better….
I like using NIK HDR Efex Pro 2 for preparing black and white images. Using the bracketed exposures really helps intensify the textures and contrasts within an image. After merging the three exposures -2, 0, and +2 EV I returned the image to Aperture 3 where I applied a B&W setting with a blue filter. Some sharpening and contrast adjustments were applied and a slight vignette was used to finish the image.
8 thoughts on “Black and White HDR”
Very nice perspective and lines in this photo. Really interesting Nick.
Thank you Brian.
It took me a minute or two to figure out what this is! Simple and profound all at once, while maintaining your Degas quote 🙂 great shot!!
Thanks Autumn, this is from the Waterfront Boat Slips by the Amphitheater. I just loved the way the hand rail shot up the wall like a lightning bolt.
I agree. This is an excellent use of HDR for detail effect.
Thank you PJB I’m glad you agree with me about how HDR can be useful in black and white photography too.
Nick, thanks for sharing this. I’m not into bracketed exposures (yet–it’s a matter of working up the courage) but if using Nik’s HDR Efex can work to process something from a single B&W image, then I’m going to give it a try. I’ve just returned from Rhode Island with some of my (street and storefront) images …
Nancy why not give it a try; you may discover a new way to use NIK HDR Efex Pro 2 in your workflow. I hope you are aware of NIK’s free upgrade for anyone who owns any NIK software. If you haven’t already purchased the NIK suite you can get an additional 15% discount by using the code MOATS. This is a discount my friend Mike Moats of tinylandscapes.com offers.