Another experiment. Does this image work in black and white?
It is a picture of the sports hall at Bournemouth University. In black and white you don't get the incredibly specific markings on the floor for the sports events that take place in this hall. You might not know this but there are strict rules about the colours, dimensions, and most critically which line goes on which line.
These colours were quite a striking feature of the picture, which you can see in the colour picture at the foot of this blog post.
But not in this image, no the lines are just grey and black lines. Various shades of grey.
And I have also lost the branded blue walls, a very specific colour. And last but by no means least the logo in the centre of the hall, done in the very specific BU colours.
So back to the black and white image. How did I create this picture?
High Structure Harsh
No filter. They just made it look odd.
No that's it. There is no more. Nik software is so incredibly powerful sometimes that is all it takes. This image did not need a vignette – I did not try to be honest as it would not serve any purpose. This image is now all about the space itself, and the details in the flooring. Dynamic brightness did nothing for the image either.
Just because you have all these adjustments in all the fantastic editing software available to us you don't have to use all of them. Just use the ones that enhance the image to give it your own stamp and make the image interesting. If I edit an image and it is done in seconds I love it.
I spend enough time working on commercial images in Lightroom and Photoshop.
Here is the colour image