21 January, 2012

Tales from the Beach

landscape, long exposure,storm, tilt shift,filter, black white, HDR

Time to catch up with the backlog of images I took at end of summer in Stanley Park, a location where I saw a good opportunity to further pursue my ongoing landscape project. The park itself is home of centuries old trees and shores the waters of the pacific ocean, so I couldn’t help recognizing the spot above as the perfect synergy between these two bordering elements. 
In the interior of the park, one can find many bodies of water too, the smallest of them being Beaver Lake. It homes many species of fish and water birds, but its surface has decrease constantly during the last years — causes are speculated to be global warming and other climate changes — threatening the lake’s extensive wildlife, while discussions are being held to decide whether the aquatic ecosystem should be preserved or to allow the forest to take over.

Although it might not look like it at first sight, the image above is in fact an hdr. It is somehow surprising how little attention is given to black and white HDR in most textbooks or even the internet in general, since the amount of details and texture which can be revealed from a careful tonemapping would make HDR almost a natural preamble to any black and white based workflow. 

In this particular example, the image above started as a set of nine brackets which where then tonemapped to draw the necessary details out of the sand, small rocks, and texture of the tree. It was at the end converted and toned in black and white. Here, the objective was to spread the tonal range over as many Zones as possible, ranging from almost pure black to almost pure white. This extended contrast creates, in my view, the most compelling black and white results.
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