Another black and white image, this time something a bit different.
How many black and white pictures of beach huts have you seen?
Not many I guess. And as I am still enjoying my black and white phase I see no reason to stop now. I am producing new black and white images of whatever springs to mind to be completely honest. After the rigid structure of 80 days of portfolio images I am enjoying the freedom of being able to produce new and interesting stuff.
I consider this a gentle break before I get into the next big subjects, which are
- Luminosity Masks in Photoshop
- Sorting out my Lightroom Catalogue
Both of which I will be starting next week, and will occupy most of November.
Back to the beach huts…..
This is what I did in Nik Silver Efex Pro to produce this image, taken some time ago.
I always start with the presets in Silver Efex Pro. I scrolled down through them, then back up, then down again. Once I had found the one I liked, which took a while, I compared it to the default natural pre-set. My pre-set of choice for this image was High Structure Smooth. It just worked.
For a change, I went with the yellow filter. I don’t want every black and white image to have a black sky after all. I wanted added depth to the image but not too much darkness. I have another way of adding that…….
Onwards to the light….
I gave this a bit of a kick pushing the Dynamic Brightness to 33%. This was plenty for this image.
And finally, the Vignette
Talking of adding darkness, Vignette lens fall off 2 did just that.
So, the combination of things above produced the feel I wanted for this black and white image.
And now a word about the image capture.
No I am not going to describe how I felt 6 1/2 years ago when I took this picture. Of course, I can’t remember that day in 2010 (sometimes I can’t remember yesterday that well!!). But what I do know is the facts of the image capture, which were as follows.
This was a 90 second exposure!
90 seconds at F22, ISO 200, taken using my Canon 5D with Canon 17-40mm lens. I am quite surprised I was so adventurous back in 2010 with my long exposures.
And I am not sure why I would have gone with an ISO of 200.
This image was taken before my HDR image capture was firmly established, so is a single image.
And not a bad one I must say.
For completeness, I will post the colour version that I used to produce his black and white picture.
And for even more completeness you can check out more of my work as a Dorset photographer at www.rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk/Dorset-photographer
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Friday 4th November 2016