This needs more fine-tuning, it’s just an HDR with two (I almost called them negatives) Raw files that have a 1/2 stop difference. But I can tell you, it has promise, and many of the files I’m choosing to work with are not particularly dramatic in b&w. In other words, it’s the pinks and blues of the sky that I like. But the next version won’t have so much red chroma or glow around the lights. I also expect to “open up” parts of the bridge more and may tone down the saturation. But this is an example of how close you can get with just a straight HDR import even with two files that aren’t properly bracketed.
Of course maybe I should only post finished stuff — but I think it’ll be interesting to see the next version(s). The Queensboro bridge is particularly hard to shoot at night since it sways a lot and exposures tend to be in the 1/5th of a second range. I don’t really want to go over 800 ASA if this is the type of thing that will be blown up… on the other hand, if you use Image Fusion rather than HDR you get rid of a lot of noise, even at 800.