Hay rolls in field at dawn
I have processed this one before today, but I wanted to practice my masking techniques and this image has some pretty delicate edges between the brights and darks, so it seemed a good candidate.
1. RAW original
2. Capture One edit: masked sky with a gradient mask, with luminosity masking applied to that; then I rasterized that mask and used the Refine Mask... tool to really nail the edges. You have to look really closely to see any evidence of this. I also used a simple gradient mask on the bottom half to raise the tones a bit, add some definition and contrast, and tweaked the temperature to better match the colors of the sky throughout the scene (but mostly to add some color contrast that will help in the B&W conversion). I know some of you color fans will like this one best—there's no accounting for taste. ;)
3. Silver Efex conversion using one of my own landscape presets with some localized finessing.