A re-edit. I can't find my notes for the version I was going to write about so it is back into Nik to produce a new picture, the picture you can see above in this post. I did a previous edit as a trial. Hopefully with a lot of practice the new version will be a better black and white edit.
I like this picture. I like the viewpoint. It is different.
My processing is going to be bold. I am at image number 36 in my black and white portfolio. Close to the end. And as it is my portfolio I can do what I want.
Yes the freedom to be creative.
I wanted to extract every bit of detail I could out of this image, and push pretty much all the boundaries to their limits. I wanted to extend the dynamic range within the image. Brighter light parts and darker dark points.
I know I am getting a bit technical here….
So this is what I did in Nik Silver Efex Pro. Have I ever mentioned that you can get the Nik Collection of software free from Google at https://www.google.com/nikcollection/
Back to the image and how I produced the picture of the ground floor room you can see above.
High structure harsh really pulled out all the information. Like this effect. Like it a lot. There were a few other contenders but this gave me what I wanted. It is always worth browsing the presets. I do this for every image, as every now and then one of the ones I rarely use works the best. And it only takes seconds per preset to view.
The second thing I do to every image in Nik is try the filters. And for this shot I was expecting The effects to be interesting. And they were. And again choosing the effect I wanted was quite simple. The red filter added to the work the preset had done nicely.
This composition lends itself to a big, heavy vignette to take you into the picture. I already added a vignette in the colour version, but as I said a I am being bold here so I went with Lens Falloff 3. This vignette really darkened the door frame making the interior framing black. Just what I was after.
80%. A big boost to the highlights in the shot brighten up the centre of the image.
And then I hit save and this image is done.
Loving the contrast from shadows to highlights. The light draws you in.
Rick McEvoy Photography Blog
Thursday 20th October 2016