I have definitely produced black and white versions of this image before, but again have decided to go back to the colour portfolio image and start again. One last time. And then I can move on.
So this is what I did, step by step, to produce this black and white image using Nik Silver Efex Pro. You can download the Nik Collection at https://www.google.com/nikcollection/.
The first question I ask myself is what are the most important things in the picture? What are the elements I want to highlight in the image? In this case they are
- The bin
- The bench
- Lights inside the building
- The darkness
OK - having established that, this is what i did in Nik.
So I scroll down through the presets.
High Structure Smooth looks good.
As does Full Spectrum.
I chose High Structure Smooth as the lighting in the building jumps out at you.
The red, orange and yellow filters all do similar things, just the strength varies. Whereas the green and blue filters produce completely different effects.
I chose the yellow filter as the effect, well it just looked the best.
A little bit more work?
Next I pushed the Dynamic Brightness a lot, 63% to be precise. This brightened the overall image but as I have done many times in this process adding the vignette counters this and gives a broader dynamic range to the image. I went with Lens Falloff 2 in the end.
And that is image number 33 in my black and white portfolio done.
I then had to go to the folder in Lightroom containing the actual images to have a bit of a tidy up as there were a few different black and white versions of this image. I have given this actual version a five start rating, a pick flag, and added it to the black and white portfolio collection so I can tell exactly which image it is.
And you can find out more about me every day on my blog right here! Thanks for reading, and please call back tomorrow for another black and white image.
Rick McEvoy Photography Blog
Tuesday 18th October 2016