I caught this guy running about 50 feet above [...]
bryston3bsst, quite an impressive capture. Congratulations! I like better the B&W. I find it highlights the technological aspect of the machine while showing interesting lines at the same time. Do you carry earplugs in your bag?
Sorry, I just realized that it was asked to post the original and explain the B&W conversion. So here is the unprocessed original raw file. it is mostly a personal souvenir of the view after a 2 hours climb. Without a tripod, I took a few expositions. With two of them I tried “Photomerge expostion” in Elements and “HDR” in Lighgtroom, but it did not add any value. I chose one of the photographs that was exposed to the right and processed it in Lightroom. Knowing I was going for the clouds, before the conversion, I chose “Daylight” in the Camera Calibration panel, made global adjustments in the Basic panel, and adjusted the contrast in the Tone Curves panel. The conversion was done with the “B&W” tab in the HSL/Color/B&W panel, where additional adustments were made (luminosity by different original colors). Then the crop. Because the topic was the clouds, I chose to add clarity and shapening, which would not normally be suited for a general landscape. No local adjustments were made.
While on an outing with 2 of my grandkids we decided to visit Ft McHenry. I only had my iPhone 5s with me but I couldn't resist this pano. The color image (probably looks a bit wonky) was processed with the intention for conversion to B&W. I thought of the ship's battle and all the sentiment for our country would be best suited with a B&W presentation. I used On1 photo 10 for all processing, before conversion I adjusted many of the colors and added clarity and sharpness which actually doesn't look all that good.
Fauxtoto......thanks for providing such a detailed explanation of your process. Your editing has enhanced the tone and depth of the clouds without any apparent introduction of noise. While I have added clarity to cloud images I have always been afraid to introduce sharpening. If I hadn't read your explanation I would have thought that you had used dodging and burning to achieve your results. I really like where your editing has taken this image.
preeb......I want to thank you for the many contributions you have made to this challenge. Looking at your forest image I wonder if it might have been worthwhile to try to simplify it or try to darken parts of the image to create a sense of depth.
Be sure to check out our second challenge which Simone will be posting on Thursday.
Canon 7D MarkII Lenses....24-105 (my newest and I love it), 10-24, 50mm, 70-300, 17-55 Sony NEX 7 Lenses...10-18, 18-55, 55-210 NIK Suite OnOne Photo 10 Topaz: Adjust, Clarity, Simplify, Clean, Lens Effects, Remask, Impression, Star Effect, Restyle and DeNoise