I was photographing a major construction site in Portsmouth.
It was a construction product shoot for Rockwool no less. I was trying to find the right angle to get the shot of two large blocks of flats, showing the before and during construction stages perfectly.
I went to the two storey car park to get a better, higher, further back viewpoint, and saw this building over to my right.
I had no idea there was such fancy architecture in Portsmouth. It was a complete surprise.
I love funky shaped buildings. Buildings that are completely different, and this is one of those. It is a circular/ tubular/ tunnel shape in an area of squares and rectangles.
Unfortunately, (well not unfortunately at all as I was working doing what I love to do but you know what I mean in terms of opportunities to shoot interesting buildings) I had to concentrate on the job in hand. Which I did bar a few minutes waiting for the sun to reappear - that is when I managed to grab three quick shots of this building.
I am never one to miss an opportunity to photograph something different.
And then it was back to work.
I didn’t do much with this image for some time, then came across it again and decided to process it properly. And I put the image in my portfolio, as it is relevant to the content of my portfolio and also something different.
And once I had done that the black and white version was never going to be far behind now was it?
So this is what I did to the image in Nik Silver Efex Pro.
Once again into Nik Silver Efex Pro. I was looking forward to this one. Something unusual getting the black and white treatment.
If you are just joining me and my blog you might know that you can great this great software free from Google at https://www.google.com/nikcollection/. That is not Nik Silver Efex Pro – it is the Nik Collection.
Back to the production of this black and white image.
I liked quite a few of the presets but settled on Full Contrast and Structure. Next I tried all the filters, and unusually ended up picking the blue filter.
Lens Falloff 1. Nice and subtle.
Finally, I played with the Dynamic Brightness slider. I went all the way to 100 backed off finishing at 70%, which enough.
And that is that.
Sorry. Hit save, then the image is in Lightroom next to the one you started off with. I right clicked on the collection I wanted the image to go in and set it as the target collection, right clicked on the black and white image and in it goes. I also had to delete from the Collection Lightroom brought the image into but this takes seconds.
I am not saying this is how you should do it by the way, just that this is how I do it. This is just my way of keeping things organised and having all my files nice and tidy and sorted in Collections in good old Lightroom.
Don't forget to have a look at the Nik Software Collection – there really is some good stuff in there. And the best thing is that the software such as Nik Silver Efex Pro, which is the only software I use for black and white work, is actually a Lightroom Plug-in.
Thanks for reading this post, and I hope my explanation of how I use Photoshop helps.
Any questions just give me a shout.
Rick McEvoy Photography Blog
Thursday 13th October 2016