208/365: Vanishing Point.
Another dramatic sky, so another trip out to somewhere with few sky obstructions. Tonight, I went to a spot I found earlier in the project, a set of barely used railway tracks off Old School Road in Caledon. After composing and shooting a few typical HDR bracket shots, I decided to see what would happen if I used my “strong contrast/red filter black and white” picture control preset in the D800 to do the black and white conversion … before the HDR and tonemapping. Here’s the result, which demonstrates quite handily how HDR is about the differences in light, not about cranking the saturation out the window (unless, of course, you want to do that deliberately … it is art after all). I did tweak the levels a bit in Aperture after Photomatix did it’s thing as that one bright part of the sky was a real bugger to brighten without blowing it out.