This is the black and white version of the picture I will post on my blog tomorrow. Regular readers of my blog will know I like my black and white images, and try to produce a black and white version of each image I post. No it is not to give me an easy post the next day honest……
I will describe how I made this image using Nik Silver Efex Pro to convert the colour image from yesterday to the image you see above.
I went with High Contrast Smooth, as I wanted to darken everything down before boosting the highlights. I decided I was going to go for it with this edit.
Well it was a sunset shot after all, so the filters had dramatically different effects. Blue and green just did not work, leaving me with the choice of red, yellow and orange, all doing similar jobs. I went with yellow in the end, which gave the darkest effect.
- Highlights -4%
- Midtones -5%
- Shadows -54%
- Dynamic Brightness +34%
That gave the image a big lump of contrast.
I went with Black Frame 1 – I have never used this before.
And that is the black and white picture of the jetty and the flat water done.
I am liking this image a lot. It has a depth and mood, and a calmness. Obviously the colour version has the lovely glow of the setting sun, but this black and white version works for me.
This image is quite noisy, but no one other than us photographers really knows what noise is, and more importantly neither do they care. So I don’t worry about it.
Yes the image is noisy. And?
What matters is the image.
This image is all about the jetty framing the flat water with a couple of boats on, with the emphasis being on the flatness and calmness. That is the story of this image. I think I prefer the colour version as it has that fantastic warmth to it. This is why I decided to take the black and white conversion further than I had originally intended, as I wanted to create a different feel. I wanted the black and white version to be distinctive from the colour version.
Which it is.
Rick McEvoy Photography Blog
Monday 2nd January 2017