The next image in my series of black and white architectural photography images was taken in Poundbury.
The image was taken for the architect John Simpson Architects, who designed part of the unique Poundbury development on the outskirts of Dorchester on the Duchy of Cornwall's land.
This image depicts a nice arch feature in the centre of the Poundbury development, and was one of the images in the set selected by the client.
I enjoy working on client work, seeing what I can do further. The colour version in my main photography portfolio had a bit of additional work done in Photoshop. I removed a couple of cars from the scene. I only did this additional editing for my portfolio image – bespoke editing like this can take a lot of time.
So I was looking forward to carrying out the black and white conversion to this image in Nik Silver Efex Pro.
This is what I did in Nik Silver Efex Pro
Firstly, I chose the preset "Full Spectrum Inverse". The way I choose my preset is very simple. I scroll through my favourite presets in Nik Silver Efex Pro and choose one. That is it. The choice is based on the image I like the most.
Sometimes I stop there, but for my portfolio images I am doing a bit more. A little bit more.
The next thing was to try the colour filters, which have a striking effect on the appearance of an image.
For this image I chose the green filter. Again just because I like the effect.
As I am getting into my black and white architectural photography I am getting a bit bolder, and for this image I then applied A vignette, lens fly off 2. This darkened the corners but made the overall image a bit too dark so finally I increased the Dynamic brightness to 22%.
If I was editing real time I think this would take a couple of minutes from start to finish – it took a lot longer as I was writing about the editing for this post at the same time.
Tomorrow another new black and white image on my blog, plus my image of the week – yes, it is nearly Friday already!!
Rick McEvoy Photography Blog
Thursday 6th October 2016