In post-processing, how do i achieve a high dynamic range, but low local contrast, monotone (but not necessarily grayscale) effect for photos? An example would be this "li river" shot, which has a light blue monotone and a soft, low-contrast feel, but fairly high overall dynamic range? Is such an effect possible using Photoshop?

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    What 'effect' in the photo do you want? Describe the quality you're trying to get to.
    – rfusca
    Jun 7, 2011 at 19:11
  • I would like to know how he achieved the color tone using photoshop? Jun 7, 2011 at 19:23

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This looks like a simple desaturation, followed by a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer set to Colorize. Probably a bit of Levels/Curves adjustment for contrast.


Looks to me like it could also be a gradient map. Just set the dark end of the gradient to a slightly bluish hue. Gradient maps are often used to warm up black and white photos using a slightly "chocolatey" dark.

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