I woke early this morning and as soon as I looked outside, I went running for my camera. Something about the light looked just right.
Normally I don’t share my photos in their ‘raw’ state, but I thought this might be a good time to show you a before/after shot. Most of my images are photoshop processed for colour and contrast. In this case, I’ve done that and added a step to remove the colour for this Black & White final image.
The original pic looked like this:
Not a very interesting image. Pretty drab, with little colour.
The Nikon D5100 I use is hardly a professional level camera. It had some real trouble reading a proper exposure on this scene. I had to really under expose it to get some shadow detail. Once I found a good exposure, I shot 3 images with one over and under exposed (on purpose) to create an effect called HDR. In HDR photography, you use software to combine the 3 (or more) images. Each one will grab the best exposed parts of the scene and the final result will *usually* be a much better photo than any of the originals.
Once my HDR software was done processing those 3 shots, it spit out a final image. I then removed the colours in Photoshop.
The final result: