Version 2 of The Outhouse, B+W or Sepia with no HDR

Marty CohenArchitecture, B+W, Carmel Valley, Daily Photo3 Comments

It’s interesting how opinions on what art is or what photography is differ between people. Yesterday’s HDR processed photos in color and in black and white produced a strong majority preferring the black and white image. But there was also a sentiment expressed by some towards standard, one-shot photography rather than the High Dynamic Range photography I used where I merged 5 different exposures so the full range of light and dark (that our eyes see) could be seen better in the photographic image.

So, I went ahead and took the middle exposure (what the camera would have chosen on auto) and processed it in black and white (and in sepia). Now, when I say “processed it”, that does mean doing things to it digitally that are analogous to what the pre-digital, film photographers did to their prints while printing them in the darkroom.

Here they are:
You’ll see them better if you click on the black & white image first, then click on the small double arrows below the enlarged image to see the Sepia version. Then click on the comment bubble and leave your choice in the comment.

Outhouse By The Barn in Garland Park

Outhouse By The Barn in Garland Park

Outhouse By The Barn in Garland Park

Outhouse By The Barn in Garland Park - Sepia Tone


The photo was taken with a Canon EOS 40D, EF17-40mm f/4L lens, 1/60 sec at f/8, ISO 100 on SanDisk Extreme IV Digital Film.

3 Comments on “Version 2 of The Outhouse, B+W or Sepia with no HDR”

  1. Sepia is so much more appropriate for the scene. It reminds me of the movie O Brother Where Art Thou.

  2. Yeah! Sepia looks great and the foreground tree is not so dominant. Wonder if sepia tones are more effective with scenery? lots of texture? Hmmm.

  3. I was prepared to prefer the black and white version until I looked carefully at both versions. The black and white version had a flatter look to it and the sepia version had a more dimensional look to it. So, my vote is for the sepia tone.

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