I am enjoying the results of converting an HDR image to black and white.
The strong colors and tonal range of an HDR image seem to be a perfect base for B/W conversions. As I have several B/W Lightroom presets on my site for free downloads, it is worthwhile having a play with several of them.
The results you see here stem from the Red Filter Preset. The HDR was processed in my normal fashion, in this case using Photomatix, then blended in Photoshop with the original to tone down noise and get a more realistic look. The coulds in the sky get accentuated in this process which is one of the effects of HDR I really like.
After trying several of my B/W presets, I decided I liked this one best. It presents good blacks and contrast and the sky looks awesome (IMHO).
About this picture
You are looking down onto the Sydney Aquarium, that building in the center with the curved roof (the sign that says “aquarium” sort of gives it away too). It is located on the edge of Sydney’s famous Darling Harbour, a fantastic, cosmopolitan part of the city. Great restaurants, cafes, a park and the location of many activities during the year.
The aquarium too is awesome and is one of the best in the world. They have two underwater walkways through enormous tanks. One is full of giant rays and grey nurse sharks. The other is where you can see seals. They also have a Great Barrier Reef display complete with coral and beautifully colored fish. If you are every in Sydney, make sure you visit this fantastic aquarium.