This is a picture of the appliance bay at the newly constructed Dorchester Fire Station in Poundury, Dorset. This architectural interior photography image was taken for the architect of the project.
Fire stations - lots of bright vibrant reds. So how does a picture in black and white look? This is another portfolio image that has been give the treatment in Nik Siilver Efex Pro.
The original edit was done in Lightroom, and consisted of mainly processing in the basic panel with some dodging and burning. This is often the only thing I need to do to an image, and if that is all I need to do it is a good thing for me, as it means I have produced the image relatively quickly.
Black and white photography needs the contrast, highlights and shadows and the subject matter to do a bit more work than with a colour image, as the dominant element, especially in a picture of a fire station, is no longer there.
A fire station, with shiny red fire appliances, in black and white is a strange thing. You don't see too many pictures of new fire stations in black and white to be honest. I am going to post the colour version later so you if you pop back to my blog at www.rickmcevoyphotography/blog later on today you can see the colour image this black and white picture was produced from.
So what did I do in Nik Silver Efex Pro to produce this black and white image?
Full Structure Smooth was my preset of choice (I think - I appear to have failed to make a note of this).
Then I applied a red filter, which boosted the Reds (in black and white that is). These colour filters are very powerful.
Next I needed to expand the dynamic range within the image (This is a single exposure captured on my Canon 5D with Canon 17-40mm lens) - I did this by firstly increasing the dynamic brightness to 30%, and then applying a vignette, Lens Falloff 3. This lightened the centre of the image, and darkened the edges.
The human eye goes to the lightest thing in a picture first, so this technique is helping they eye go to the centre of the image and stay there, rather than wander all over the place. See a bit of photography gold there for you all!!
PS - I am another day closer to submitting a black and white portfolio image to the BIPP....
Don't forget to pop back to my blog later on toda for the colour version of this image.
Thanks for reading.
Rick McEvoy Photography Blog
14th August 2016