Yesterday, I went on the most beautiful hike I’ve ever been on. To make it even better, I went with my dad and my son. Three generations hiking in a woodland paradise. The lakes were so clear, the foliage so lush, the sky so blue, and the mountains so big.
I tried some black and white conversions. The challenge with black and white photos (in my opinion) is getting enough tonal contrast to make up for the loss of color contrast. But too much contrast blows out highlight detail and blocks up shadow detail, so you have to find a balance that doesn’t destroy the detail and textures in the original photo.
Then sometimes it’s fun to play around with a partial black & white. Usually muted colors work better in a black and white photo. In this case I just erased the monotone adjustment from the lake, showing its true color.
The view below is looking west toward Olympia, which was overcast all day. You can see why. It looks like we are on Mt. Everest, but Tolmie Peak just under 6,000 feet.
The photo below is looking south across the western Cascade range.
This next photo is a High Dynamic Range (HDR) shot created using 3 exposures, over-, under-, and normally exposed. The three images are combined using software to create one photo that compensates for areas where a single exposure would be under or over exposed.
If you look close, you can see the sliver of Mowich Lake, where our car was parked. That was a long hike!
These next shots were the perfect end to a perfect day! As we drove down from Mowich Lake, we saw this sunset before we drove down into the low clouds.