This should be interesting.... A picture of a swimming pool in black and white
In Nik Silver Efex Pro I did the following
Firstly, I perused the presets. They produced a variety of effects. I tried them all again and ended up choosing the Fine Art Process preset, which I have to say is one of my favourite presets. It gave the image a nice feel.
Next is the filters. Again this should be interesting as they give internal images completely different effects. Interestingly the green filter worked best for this image, opening up the shadows and giving the image a bit of punch.
Next is good old Dynamic Brightness, which I increased to 16%. I wanted the light in the windows to shine out emphasizing the natural light streaming into this lovely space.
Finally I applied a vignette, Lens Falloff 3. I was after a dramatic drop off to the edges to focus the attention to the centre of the image. And this setting gave me that nicely.
Photography is all about the light.
And in this case it is that burst of sunlight through all those windows. And the reflection of the light and those doors off the flat water of the swimming pool.
The black and white image captured both of these elements well.
With each of these black and white images I do ask myself if I prefer the colour version to the black and white version.
So here they are next to each other.
Obviously the black and white image does not have that lovely glow from the sunlight, but it does show the light in the scene nicely. I like the black and white image, which has a completely different feel and style to it.
Do I prefer the black and white image? No but I like it as it is different.
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Saturday 17th September 2016