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Posted by
Philip (South Wales, United Kingdom) on 15 January 2010 in Animal & Insect.

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.

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

Really lovey potrait

15 Jan 2010 6:28am

@Alun: Thanks.

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

It was worth the effort, the result is a clear photo with rich details. Only the 'halo' is a bit strong.

15 Jan 2010 11:10am

@MadScientist: I'll have to work out how to reduce these halos as they are annoying.

Fusao from Tokyo, Japan

very impressive eyes!
great work!

15 Jan 2010 11:39am

@Fusao: Thanks. Yes the eyes have come out good.

LESLIE from norwich, United Kingdom

Well worth the effort Philip ~ a superb image ~ 5*****

15 Jan 2010 2:39pm

@LESLIE: Thanks.

Stefan from Thiersee, Austria

Love it, fine work, well done!

15 Jan 2010 8:09pm

@Stefan: Thanks. I'm pleased.

Self-Indulgence from Chicagoland, United States

Beautiful. Your HDR really brought out the texture of the horses hair and the trampled snow. Wonderfully done!

15 Jan 2010 10:48pm

@Self-Indulgence: Thanks. I'm pleased with the horses head. Now need to work on that HDR halo......

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

Really works for me...great conversion!

15 Jan 2010 11:03pm

@Ted: Thanks.

Polydactyle from Montreal, Canada

Excellent b/w

19 Jan 2010 1:29am