This is the same jetty picture as yesterday, but this time in black and white.
I am going to describe in this post what I did in Nik Silver Efex Pro to produce this black and white image. I have to say that this was a quick black and white conversion of the image that I posted yesterday, which in itself was an edit produced by cropping and white balance correction only.
My starting point, as ever, was Presets.
I scrolled down the presets, then back up again, and quickly settled on the Preset “Full Contrast and Structure”. This preset maximised the detail and textures in the water.
Next stop is filters.
I went with the Yellow filter. The yellow filter offered a subtle change to the image which looked good. The yellow filter kept the sky bright, and made the wood in the jetty structure nice and bright, how I remembered it (in colour of course).
I pushed this slider to 47%. The effect was to light up the jetty and the foreground, making the points of interest brighter and more prominent in the image.
And finally the vignette.
I chose quite a strong vignette, Lens Falloff 3.
And that is the quick edit of the quick done.
Loving this shot.
Which upon closer inspection needed a bit of finishing in Lightroom - the black and white processing had highlighted some blemishes in the sky (which I will of course remove in the full colour edit anyway).
We must not forget that the colour version of this image has only been cropped and had the white balance corrected. This is an experiment in processing in Lightroom, and how much needs to be done really. And this point is one I will keep in the back of my mind. How much processing is needed. The key word here being needed.
Rick McEvoy Photography Blog
Sunday 6th November 2016