A picture of a bench, Dorset.
This is a bench in front of a building. A bench with a window above, and a rainwater pipe to the right. With lovely stonework behind all warmed by lovely later afternoon sunshine.
Well that is the colour version. But this is the black and white picture.
And this is what I did to get this picture using Nik Silver Efex Pro, the free software from Google which you can get at the following link
As always I tried the presets first, and chose Full Contrast and Structure
This pulled out all the detail in the stone, all that lovely texture. This is after all a quite harsh image with the sunlight raking across the scene.
I tend to try the filters next, which can transform the look of an image further.
The blue filter added lots more depth to the image.
My other favourite thing to do is increase the Dynamic brightness, which I pushed in this image to 40%.
Finally I went back to the original black and white conversion with the default natural preset and compared the two - side by side before and after. I can recommend doing this anytime you are editing an image, compare with what you started with and ask yourself if the edit you have done to that original image is the edit you want. It also gives you a second to stop and think.
And then I added a vignette, Lens Falloff 1, and increased the overall brightness by 20%.
This has now become a high contrast black and white image with lots of texture.
This is the colour image with the black and white one immediately below.
After that all I need to do is select my black and white portfolio as my target collection, right click to add to this collection and this image is added to my black and white photography portfolio which is syncing as we speak over the web onto all my devices and in the cloud.
All scary stuff!
Rick McEvoy Photography Blog
Sunday 18th September 2016