The assignment I shot for Austin-Bergstrom International Airport last summer was published recently so I went back through the images to see which ones had yet to make it to the blog. This was one and there’s an amusing story behind it (and likely a tutorial if I can find the time later).
The original version of this shot was processed as a monochrome image. The folks at ABIA liked it but asked for a colour version instead. This left me worrying that I may not be able to get the same feel as the black and white version (which had quite a bit of work done on it after the basic HDR processing) if I went right back to square one and started with a new tonemapping of the image. Rather than do this, however, I tried something sneaky instead.
In photoshop, I layered the monochrome HDR image with one of the original brackets and set the colour image layer’s blend mode to ”color”. This allowed me to steal the colour from the original image and add it back to the final without losing the luminance data from the black and white layer. After some minor tweaking, here’s the result.
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