I have done this black and white conversion a few times. But this is the final edit portfolio version. The last word if you like. I have so much more to do.
This is one of my favourite architectural photography images.
I love the style of these stunning new houses in Poole – the ultramodern almost rectangular design with lots of glass and angles. All very modern and striking. And very Poole.
There is a specific reason I like this image. It is the position from which I took the image. I had my Canon 6D elevated to being level with the first flor slab. This means that my shooting position is central on the building. This does two things. Firstly, it gives a slightly different view from the usual viewpoint, eye level. Also, it means that the verticals are correct straight out of camera.
Whilst Lightroom and Photoshop are wonderful tools, and it might sound old fashioned, but I like to get an image right in camera.
I will write more about these subjects in separate posts, as there is lots to be said about each.
But this image worked better than the one taken with me standing on the ground, not that much lower to be honest.
But back to the image. The colour version is in my portfolio, and this black and white version is in my black and white portfolio.
This is what I did in Nik Silver Efex Pro to produce this black and white image.
I chose, rather unusually, the preset Fine Art Process. I didn't expect this preset to work best but it certainly did. And to be honest I do not really care which preset it is, all I care about is what the image looks like. So having a great start with the preset, I move on.
I love the filters. Just click on each and you get an instant application of each filter. For this image the blue filter completely transformed the image. And not in a good way!
The red filter really helped the contrast and feel of the image. So I went with the red filter. Not for the first time I have to say either.
And on to my other favourite thing to do in Nik Silver Efex Pro.
Dynamic brightness which I increased by 18%. Any more and I was losing the detail in that lovely cladding. I actually backed it off to +10% for that very reason.
And that is that. Job done. I don't apply vignettes to every image, it depends on the look and feel I want to create.
So there is another black and white image done. Not many more to go now and my black and white portfolio is complete.
Rick McEvoy Photography Blog
Friday 21st October 2016