Another image where the colours are dominant is going to be converted to black and white. Today it is the black and white picture of the field I posted yesterday.
Yes I know. A picture of a yellow field in black and white. Why not? I think the image looks great. How many pictures of yellow fields do you see in black and white?
This should be interesting. Especially the filters and how they work on the vibrant yellows.
This is the process to produce the black and white image using Nik Silver Efex Pro, which you can get for free from Google at
https://www.google.com/nikcollection/. Yes – free software from Google. And great free software it is.
This is the way I use Nik.
These are my starting point. If I am not sure which effect I prefer I scroll down the presets to the bottom, then work back up to the top. If I prefer one effect on the down and the up then that is the choice made.
Full Dynamic Harsh is the preset I went with. This preset is great at picking out and emphasising textures and details, which there are lots of in this image.
Filters are my next port of call. I am not saying that the way I use Nik is the correct way, but it certainly works for me. I went with the green filter, which complimented the good work done by the preset.
The other filters really did not work with all that yellow. I am sure there is a scientific explanation for this, but I really cant be bothered looking into this. Shocking I know. I am a photographer, not a software specialist. I click on things and see if they make an image better or worse.
No science, just me looking at a scene and after that scene on my monitor.
The finishing touches I apply are
Lens Falloff 2 gave a nice border to the image. A natural border I have to say.
And finally, Dynamic Brightness.
I pushed Dynamic Brightness to the right, then to the left, giving a value of -44. Yes a negative value. I reduced the dynamic brightness.
Don’t forget to move the sliders left and right, up and down.
And that is my black and white Wiltshire landscape picture complete. I only use these four adjustments to most of my images. It is enough for me.
I hope you enjoy my black and white photography work. Pop back to my blog tomorrow for something new. Once I have worked out what I am going to write about.
Rick McEvoy Photography Blog
Friday 11th November 2016