I had a horse photo which did not really work in colour. The cloudy sky, the white snow and the dark brown horse made it difficult to get any sort of contrast that looked good. Therefore, I adjusted the RAW file to give 3 Jpegs across 3 stops, did a HDR conversion and then applied a tonal contrast filter. The colour HDR did not work either as the horse's coat went a mad red (in parts) but the sky was perfect. If I adjusted the coat the rest of the HDR lost a lot of its appeal. Therefore, a final conversion to B&W hid all of this and the HDR contrasts really stand out.
I hope you agree that the resultant image is more interesting than a rather flat colour photo (although you obviously cannot see the photo - take my word for it !).
Any tips or constructive criticism are welcome.
My photos can also be found on FLICKR.
I appreciate all your comments, thank you so much. I do read all the comments and will try to answer any questions you have.