The Shard, London. One of my favourite buildings to photograph. I have quite a few pictures of The Shard.
This is one of my best, if not the best. The colour version which you can see at the bottom of this post has a lovely feel to it. And as it is one of my portfolio images it is time to make another new black and white portfolio image.
This is what I did to the colour image in Nik Silver Efex Pro.
Before I go on, I have to get the image into The Nik software. I right click on the image, and select Edit in Nik Silver Efex Pro. Then I have to tell Lightroom/ Nik that I want to edit a version with Lightroom adjustments (I find it frustrating that I have to do this every time – what else am I going to do??).
Ok so now the image is in Nik Silver Efex Pro.
Firstly the preset I selected was High Structure Smooth. I did try quite a few presets, each of which gave a slightly different feel to the image, but this is the one I went with.
Next I applied a colour filter. Again for this subject each filter worked well but in slightly different ways, So I went with the red filter. I tend to use the red filter a lot. This is one of the ways you can get that almost black sky.
I then pushed the dynamic brightness to 33%, knowing that I was going to apply a vignette to the image after!
Yes I am doing that thing again, increasing the dynamic range within the image to make the subject stand out from the background.
In a subtle way of course - nothing too much.
Lens Fall Off 1 was the vignette of choice.
This image was taken on my Canon 6D with old faithful Canon 24-105mm lens. Exposure was 1/1600th of a second, F8, ISO 200. The focal length used was 50mm. See my other blog post about the colour portfolio image for the details on how I made the sky look like that.
So another black and white picture of London. And another picture of the Shard. This image works really well in black and white. Tomorrow more black and white architectural photography.
Here is the colour image used to make the black and white image.