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Let’s go back to early 2012 in Decatur, AL. The old depot there was one of my favorite photographic subjects and a great site for gritty HDR brackets. Just for fun, I took this middle bracket of the depot and converted it to black and white with some of the new-found conversion tools that have been gathered over the last couple of months. To be honest, I don’t think a tone mapped image could have been any more dramatic than this one.
Only one thing was done in Perfect B&W – selective color darkening in the sky. All other processing was done in Aperture with selective curve adjustments on each component – sky, depot, chimney and asphalt. Just for fun, I’ve included the original frame before any editing below.