Acacia over Ormiston Pound B&W HDR by Steven Pearce

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Acacia over Ormiston Pound B&W HDR by 

This is a reworking of an earlier image that I posted here on RB I really love the original colour version as all through the image it has beautifl soft hues where usually the desert is very harsh. This morning was truly the most magical morning I had been ontop of the pound with dense heavy clouds sweeping over the landscape and the thick moist heavy air filling my lungs.

I had been watchnig this tree for more than a year and I had never managed to soot a single image of it. This was mostly because of my previous camera a Canon 400d with its crop sensor didn’t offer enough field of view even with a 17mm lens on the front. With both mt new Canon 5D MKII with its full frame sensor and the perfect weather conditions I was able to fit all the detail I wanted in both the range and the tree into a single frame.

I hope that you like it!

Ormiston Pound, West MacDonnell Ranges National Park
Northern Territory


Camera Info

Canon 5D MKII
Canon 17-40 f/4L USM at 17mm
1/100 sec at f/18
ISO 200
Exposure Bias -1/3 EV
Auto Exposure Bracketing +/-2EV
Exposure Program – Manual
Metering Mode – Centre Weighted Average
Dimensions – 5616 × 3744

Photomatics 3
3 exposures tone mapped into HDR

Post Processing in Photoshop CS3
- NiK Software Silver Efex Pro 3, B&W Conversion


  • Lois Romer
    Lois Romeralmost 6 years ago

    keep playing this is great

  • Hans Kawitzki
    Hans Kawitzkialmost 6 years ago

    Looks great in mono,like the shape of that tree.Ormiston Pound would that be in the Flinders Ranges ?

  • evee
    eveealmost 6 years ago

    Wonderful job i like this photo in black and white

  • Larrikin  Photography
    Larrikin Phot...almost 6 years ago

    Nice job Steve, Love it.

  • David Henderson
    David Hendersonalmost 6 years ago

    Don’t stop playin Steve, this is great!!

  • Neil
    Neilalmost 6 years ago

    Wow, look at all those textures and tones!

  • Jeff Catford
    Jeff Catfordalmost 6 years ago

    Good one!
    Your rapidly improving B&W efforts paid off with this shot.
    The classic composition is excellent too.
    Thanks for the delight.

  • Christine  Wilson Photography
    Christine Wil...almost 6 years ago

    really nice work you have in your folio I’m especially liking your black and whites :)) very nice

  • Kim  Calvert
    Kim Calvertalmost 6 years ago

    Wow..This is one awesome shot! love the tones..the tree is just amazing!!

  • GailD
    GailDalmost 6 years ago

    Fantastic. Love it.

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