A Rare Case for Tone Mapping

I am not normally a fan of heavily tone mapped HDR, but there are times when I am willing to resort to it. It is a quick and dirty way to brush up old, washed out slides.

A dog observing a conversation by Boris Pfaffenzeller on 500px.com
I used Affinity photo to process scans at three different brightness levels and toned down the micro-contrast somewhat from the default setting.

This is a busy time of year for me, so I just about found time to trawl through some more old shots that fit this category. The two street scenes in Moscow are in the same slide set as the older photograph above, but I didn’t pay any attention to them so far. They just looked like opening salvoes on a roll of film at the time.

Looking back, they appear more meaningful, if only because they are snapshots of a time and a place which in this form no longer exists.

2 Replies to “A Rare Case for Tone Mapping”

  1. Boris, the first image is really interesting to me. I’m still trying to figure out what the group of men are doing.

    Must have something to do with food since the dog is focused on them.

    Thanks for sharing.

    1. It was a long time ago (1990), so I don’t remember this detail. But it looks like they had a jar of tea. Not sure if that can tempt a dog.

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