This might be tricky. An ultra long exposure image. 40 seconds. Might have issues with noise. It was trickier than I thought…..
Back to what happened.
And yes that is what I was referring to on the previous post. Did you spot the noise?
No of course not.
So this is what happened processing this image in Nik Silver Efex Pro.
The Neutral preset worked nicely. It just gave the black and white version a nice, natural look. And then I changed my mind and went with High Contrast Smooth. I wanted more punch to the image.
The filters had a dramatic effect on the image. So much so that my computer completely froze when I tried the green filter!
This is why I have a rigorous back-up strategy.
Everything is backed up to other places. But it is always a worry when this happens. So having lost any kind of activity on my computer I turned it off and carried on typing on my iPad.
And made a cuppa. How utterly English of me!
And then I turned my computer back on (having let my tea brew nicely), and everything was back to normal.
Now where was i?
Oh yes I had to start again with the black and white edit, which went like this.
I went with Full Dynamic Smooth this time.
Blue – added depth to the sky and the water without affecting the jetty structure. But the yellow filter produced an even nicer effect.
I went with Lens Falloff 2. I wanted a big vignette before I did the next stage.
I reduced the overall brightness by 46%, then increased the Dynamic Brightness by 28%. A bit like dodging and burning to be honest, in a different way but with the same end point.
And that is the black and white image completed.
Nice and moody.
I like this picture.
Next on my blog? No idea yet…….
Rick McEvoy Photography Blog
Monday 5th December 2016