This picture is a complete contrast from the colour version. The black and white version loses the colour issues caused by the mixed lightning, leaving me to concentrate on the tones and intensity of the light in the highlights and the shadows in the image.
This picture was taken for the architect. The picture was also given to the developer. This is high end estate agent photography.
Some images work in black and white, and some don't. This one just does. Because of the light.
I am not going to write about what I did to his image in Nik Silver Efex Pro. I have written lots about that already.
I am going to describe in words what I wanted the black and white version of this image to look like, and also what I feel having edited this image.
I decided that this image needed the two separate light sources to be the main subjects of this image. The light in the room comes from angular, man made lights fittings, complimented by the natural light spilling in to the rear of the room. So we have mix of harsh artificial light and a soft, natural, diffused light.
Photography is about light after all.
So this image is about the light. Two separate sources of light.
So to get the effect I wanted, I needed to accentuate the light. The logical starting point was to darken the overall image. A vignette, quite a heavy vignette at that, did this nicely and quickly. The light was emphasised by increasing the dynamic brightness.
The numbers here are not important.
The preset I used is not important.
The look and feel of the image, and the story this image tells, is important.
The story is the light in the room And what the light is doing.
Photography is actually
The word "photography" is a combination of the Greek root words "photo-," meaning "light," and "-graphia," meaning "writing" or "drawing." Thus, "photography" literally means "writing or drawing with light."
I have extracted this from the website
Photography is writing or drawing with light.
Yes - this is what photography actually is.
I am glad I reminded myself of this fundamental point.
So in this image I concentrated on the light, and made the light the subject matter.
Taking this to its natural next point, I am looking at the light more and more when taking photographs. Do it yourself, see the light, look for it, and what it is doing.
It makes a tremendous difference when you begin to do this.
Join me tomorrow for the last black and white portfolio image. Image number 40. And after that? Well I have had an idea……..
And lots more posts about light to come.
Rick McEvoy Photography Blog
Sunday 23rd October 2016