This shot was crying out for a black and white conversion. This is how I produced the black and white image using Nik Silver Efex Pro. I like this image.
Always my starting point. I stuck with the Neutral preset. It just worked the best. Because of the content I am working with here the other presets just did not work.
The yellow filter lightened some of the shadows, extending the good work done in Lightroom.
Now I did a bit more than usual here, as I knew what I wanted the end point to be.
I pushed the overall brightness up a little, 17%, then sent Dynamic Brightness all the way to the end – 100%. I have never done this before either!
I used White Frame 2, which I have never used before. This vignette lightened up the edges. I wanted the bits of land on either side of the main subject to be there but barely visible, and this worked nicely. All part of the look I was after.
So there you have it – the black and white version of my picture from 2007.
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Wednesday 7th December