I knew this image would work well in black and white. This is a custom made chandelier fitted in a recently built house in Poole, Dorset. This is another unique feature in a building that I am fortunate enough to have the opportunity to photograph.
I photographed the interior of this building for the architect and developer.
After my diversion yesterday to what photography actually is, I am back into the nuts and bolts of black and white image processing. I promise no more digressions. Not today anyway. It is Monday morning after all and it is cold and dark outside as I write.
This, for the last time (for now that is), is what I did in Nik Silver Efex Pro to create the image you see in this post..
The preset I went with was Full Spectrum Inverse. I chose his preset as this was the one that made the brightness in the light really stand out, leaving the back ground dark.Just what I wanted the preset to do.
This picture is about the chandelier. The chandelier and the light.
I also added an orange filter, which gave the lights even more of a glow. Different filters work on different subjects – you just have to try them and see.
Vignette Lens Falloff 3 gave the image a heavy vignette. Again, the more black and white images I produce the bolder I am getting with my processing.
Finishing touches in Nik
Finally I increased Dynamic Brightness to 24%.
Then save the image back into Lightroom and I am done.
And I was right. This picture of the chandelier in a new house in Poole does work in black and white really well. The processing using Nik has done what I want a black and white conversion to do. It has picked out the main feature in the image, taken out the distractions, and provided a striking and rather unusual image.
And with that, I have completed my black and white and colour images that make my portfolio(s). 80 images, 80 blog posts. 2 Portfolios.
I am delighted to get to the end of this exercise, and am looking forward to submitting my portfolio(s) to the BIPP. Check out their website at http://www.bipp.com/ to find out more about the great stuff they do.
Tomorrow I will summarise my thoughts and where I go from here. But then again there is the idea I had yesterday….
40 portfolio images. One more thing to do……. 40 times………
Rick McEvoy Photography Blog
Monday 24th October 2016