This was an addition to my portfolio collection. I was browsing though my pictures of building interiors in Italy looking for something specific.
And this was it.
I took quite a few shots of this absolutely stunning ceiling, but this was the stand out image. I am not sure how I missed this originally but it got here in the end. How could I have not included this shot? I must have been going through my chaotic phase in Lightroom, all over the place with no structure, no order, no plan.
But that was the old me!
Sorry I went down a strange digression route there…
The colour version of the image I absolutely love.
So working on a black and white version of this is very much something for me to look forward to.
And I am thinking this should be nice and easy.
So let's start with the presets in Nik Silver Efex Pro.
Lots of the presets worked really well. Not that easy then…… Too much choice. Much too much choice. But with digital photography image processing you have to just go with the one version that works for you, bearing in mind what else is to be done to an image.
This is the image processing in Nik Silver Efex Pro
Firstly those pesky presets. The ones I liked were
- High Structure Harsh
- High Structure Smooth
- Full Dynamic (Harsh)
- Full Spectrum Inverse
- Full Contrast and Structure
I went with Full Dynamic Harsh as this produced the most impact and punch.
The red filter gave it further oomph, but it was too bright so I dropped the brightness down to -30%, and increased the Dynamic Brightness to 30%.
Finally I added a big vignette, Lens Falloff 3
And that is that done. Just three steps to process this image in Nik Silver Efex Pro.
This is such a great picture to turn into a black and white image. There is so much detail and richness in this ceiling, and the contrast of the light and the dark. This fascinates me as an architectural photographer and also lover of architecture. This is why I enjoy photographing buildings so much!
And let's not forget that this image was taken on my Canon 6D. Sometimes I forget that the camera is one of the stars of my image capture process.
Rick McEvoy Photography Blog
Thursday 29th Septermber 2016