The picture of the striking new domed ceiling in Chideock Church in Dorset – a stunning interior photography subject to photograph
This is one of my favourite interior photography shots, and the colour version is in my portfolio as a standalone image. This is the black and white conversion of that edited image, which was the client issue image with nothing added.
This is not Paris or Rome – this is West Dorset. I am very fortunate to be able to photograph such unique interiors as this, which I tend not to look at unless I am on holiday. Well that used to be the case but now I treat English buildings the same way I would ones in the great cities of Europe.
The black and white conversion using Nik Silver Efex Pro went like this
Firstly, I scrolled through the Presets, settling on the full dynamic harsh preset. This preset works well with content with lots of detail in it. It just works well.
it’s really easy to do. Just choose edit in Nik Silver Efex Pro, a new working Tiff file is created and your image appears on your screen in the Natural preset. Many times I use this preset, so don't think of it as just a starting point for other work - it is a fully processed black and white image in its own right.
I do scroll down the presets to see what else Nik comes up with, and go with the look that I like.
That is the hard work out of the way!
Then stage two of my two stage processing of this image in Nik was to try the filters, but none of them worked.
So no filter then.
The filters did weird things to the colours of this image! The colours and tones of the original image are quite delicate and subtle.
And that was all I did in Nik. Great black and white photography does not have to be too difficult, but you need a good starting point of course!
Coming soon to my website will be a collection of my black and white architectural photography. I will let you know when this is live on the web.
Rick McEvoy Photography
6th August 2016