Zion Nat Park - HDR black and white (my first)

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P1450355b-1 by ldr_klr, on Flickr

This was my first HDR black and white photo- +/- 3 using the camera (GH3) on a tripod to create the HDR photo. I used an Olympus 12-50 with a polarizer filter. Location is Zion national park.

I understand the "clicheness" of centered subjects, but after trying several other layouts with non-hdr photos this was the look I liked most (which is unusual for me)

I'd love any comments or constructive critiques (and both have thick skin and am VERY aware that I am very much a beginner at photography)

Thanks for looking
Lawrence
 

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It's a good shot, but I think it just lacks a bit of punch, it appears somewhat flat on my screen. Of course, much has to do with personal preference, but I prefer B&W landscapes to be striking. I did a quick and dirty with Perfect Effect 8 and that shot came out pretty damn good.
 

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OK. What I did in Perfect Effects was first use the HDR Look feature using the natural setting to boost things a tad, then added Dynamic Contrast (natural setting) and finally used the adjustment brush to darken the sky and the trees in the foreground to create three levels of brightness in the scene. Note that it was a quick and dirty, so there was no finesse used with any of the effects, but the image has a lot of potential.

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I'm not sure if everyone sees the photo full size or not. On my screen it posts in a reduced size, but clicking on the image expands it fully, so that it's easier to see the differences.

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Thanks OzRay for showing me what is possible with a little post-processing - I understand that your effort was quick and done with my little jpeg that I posted here and comprehend that there would be much less noise etc. if you'd used the original.

I like the idea of playing with the contrasts individually a bit more and can certainly see where seperate RAW files would benefit me versus just pumping a JPEG out of the camera (which is what I did in this case)

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All I was really trying to illustrate was how the image could be made punchier and more dramatic with a little adjustment. While some might like the original, much depends on the viewer's monitor calibration, mine is calibrated, so the original lacked a lot of contrast and depth.
 
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