In a previous post, ‘Why Blog?‘, I mentioned that one good reason for a blogging presence was the inspiration that can come from reading the posts of other blogging photographers.
One photographer that I find inspiring is Adrian Lewis of FATman Photos. I found him so inspiring that I decided to follow his blog regularly, though I doubt that I will ever be able to match his talent. One image that he posted recently was a dramatic black and white silhouette of Glastonbury Tor. I hope he doesn’t mind me referring to it.
I’ve often liked silhouettes produced by others, but I have rarely tried to produce them myself. After seeing his, I remembered a recent image that I took as a HDR image and I started to think that if I took the most under exposed of the bracketed set I might have a good basis for a dramatic black and white silhouette, even though I didn’t plan it that way. The original image was produced mainly for the sky, though I was also pleased with how the distant landscape came out. That image was featured in an earlier post of mine, “Thanks for the Walkabout”, but I have included it again in this post, together with a black and white version of the HDR image, so that they can all be compared. All images have also been cropped slightly from the original on the advice of a recent judging in a club competition.
Attempt at a dramatic silhouette.
Original Colour HDR,
Black and white version of the HDR image.
Now I am faced with a new problem. I don’t know which I prefer. I think I still like the HDR versions best. Maybe I should lighten the sky a bit more in the silhouette, but I’m not very good at Post Processing. I should practice more, but time often stops me.
Would anyone like to state a preference?
The HDR image was made with Photomatix and everything else was done in Lightroom. Photos were taken with an Olympus E-30, 12-60 mm lens.
My mature years do seem to make me a bit slow on the uptake. Having thought about it as I am writing this, maybe I should have chosen the middle exposure image to get the sky looking right and then darkened everything else. Perhaps I will try that when I get time.
In the meantime, I also need to get back to my ‘snapshots’ of Botswana.