This was the first image in my 2016 Portfolio. And one of the last to be converted to black and white!
This image is of a college in Hampshire that has been completely re-clad and re-roofed.
The building is unrecognisable, having undergone a remarkable transformation with the renewal of the external building façade whilst retaining the original structure behind.
I photographed the completed building for the architect soon after completion of the construction works. The client for the works was Hampshire County Council.
There is a new garden which was constructed as part of the works. This is an important part of the project. The garden had to prominently feature in this image, which was, as much as one image can on a project of such a size, scope and scale, the single image telling the whole story of what the building refurbishment.
I like photographing buildings at the end of the construction phase, be they new buildings or refurbished buildings.
There is a remarkably brief moment in time between completion of construction works and occupation where I photograph the completed construction works. This moment is never a clear moment, there is always a blurring of construction and occupation. Always, without fail.
Time is precious and expensive in building construction, and also for owners, occupiers and users of buildings.
So the time available for me to photograph completed buildings is limited.
But construction photography, and photographing new buildings, is what I do, although it does make me wonder sometimes if I could find something more difficult to do for a living!
So onto the processing of the finished colour image in Nik Silver Efex Pro.
Before a I get on to that I need to explain that this image is a portfolio image. The colour image that is. This finished image has been edited in Lightroom and Photoshop, so the staring point in Nik is a polished completed portfolio image.
A good starting point…..
What I did in Nik Silver Efex Pro
I went with the preset High Structure Harsh, as this brought out all the details and textures. This was a quick and significant transformation of the image from colour, into the natural preset, and way beyond. All in a matter of seconds. So that is the major work out of the way in an instant.
I then applied the green filter as the other filters had badly dramatic impacts on the image!
And we don't want that do we?
The green filter really brought out more of the important features in the image, making it have more impact.
The Vignette of choice here was Lens Falloff 2. A pronounced but not over the top addition to the image.
Then back to good old dynamic brightness to give the image a lift - I pushed this up to 53%.
The processing in Nik Silver Efex Pro has extended the dynamic range of the image, giving it more punch and impact. And this is to an image which has already undergone HDR processing so the dynamic range of this image has really been pushed to give both ends of the spectrum, highlights and shadows, as well as as much of the in-between bits as possible.
Another black and white architectural photography image in the bag…..
I am really happy with this image, as I am producing a separate black and white portfolio.
It has been hard but enjoyable work producing a new portfolio, but having two is a massive bonus to me.
And let's be honest, having 40 colour portfolio images and 40 black and white images is a lot for me to write about. Not that I am running out it of ideas for my blog, far from it. But to have 80 days worth of posts structured like this has been great.
The list of spin off blog posts is now huge!!! And getting bigger by the day.
But tomorrow on my blog you can read about the next image in my black and white photography portfolio. I am going to carry on with this until I finish my second portfolio, then I can have a break and go on to something different.
Rick McEvoy Photography Blog
Friday 14th October 2016