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I recently discovered the HDR Toning feature in the Image > Adjustments menu in Photoshop CS5 and it allows you to create a pseudo-HDR image from just a single picture – very cool. The process of combining several different images of varying exposure, contrast and colour depth is what results in a true HDR image, but using this HDR Toning tool in CS5 creates some stunning effects without all the usual hassles associated with collecting images ready for HDR creation.

This is one of my favourite photographs of Eva taken by my wife summertime of last year and this is

the HDR version. Move your mouse over the image to see the colour original.

 

With this next image I played around with the colour vibrance and saturation. As with any photography, its all subjective and what I like you may not, but there are plenty of controls to get your desired effect, so I suggest you play around until something catches your eye.

Once again, the image below is the HDR effected one and you
can move your mouse over the image to see the original.

I'm going to be spending more time over the next few months trying to get that classic black and white look that just oozes character. You know the kind, when you get totally lost in an old photo that just takes you back in time. Sure the composition plays a huge part, but perhaps combining this cool HDR Toning tool with a bucket-load of B&W pics might just give me what I'm looking for.

What say ye? Drop your comments below and leave me a link to any HDR images you've been playing around with, I'd love to see them.