This picture was part of a construction product shoot for the company K-rend, “the only UK manufacturer to incorporate in-house innovate silicone technology to create a water repellent surface” according to their website http://www.k-rend.co.uk/
This picture is of some new houses recently constructed in Poole.
I did not realise, until later, as I was focussing on the render, that these are actually the backs of the houses! I have since found out what the fronts look like through the agent’s photographs. I think I might have missed a trick there!
Anyway, what’s done is done.
I like this image as the black and white version really makes the render stand out, the way I have processed the image. I am also liking the very dark sky which contrasts with the gleaming white render.
This picture is about the render. It was a product shoot after all!
I also like this picture as it is a picture of a street, a regular every day urban environment, albeit with ultra-cool new houses! I don’t have many pictures of streets in my portfolio collection it has to be said, so this makes a bit of a change.
I like construction product shoots. It takes me back to my days working on site – yes I used to be a site labourer back in the days after leaving school!
Enough waffle – this is what I did to create this black and white image using Nik Silver Efex Pro.
The neutral preset looked pretty good to be honest. Also Full Dynamic Smooth. I chose Full Spectrum after a bit of experimentation, liking the effect with that very much in vogue at the moment dark sky.
No filter. None of them work here. The blue filter kills the image, and the others have problems.
Dynamic brightness brightened up the wrong bits, but increasing the brightness of the highlights gave the render a bright white finish which contrasts nicely with the black sky.
I think I am done here.
And that was all I did to produce this black and white image.
I do like those black and white architectural photography images you see where the sky is black but the building is illuminated.
There are various clever ways of doing this, either in the capture of the image or in post processing. I don't often get the opportunity to take commercial photographs at night so for now I will stick to the post processing route.
This image, as I said in my previous post, was right on the limit of acceptable processing. An HDR image with further work done. Sometimes you get to a point where you can't go any further. This image is that case in point. Because of the high contrast and dynamic range within the scene, I had my work cut out getting a polished final image. The render to the buildings is the subject matter in this image, which was a product shot off the render manufacturer and contractor who applied the render on site.
I had to work to get the render to a crisp white.
There were issues all over this image, but the scene worked really well for the purpose of the shoot. And as I wanted a variety of commercial work in my portfolio this image went in with the client edit image.
The black and white version I like quite a lot, and I am looking forward to getting feedback on this image.
Rick McEvoy Photography Blog
Wednesday 12th October 2016