I went though the presets, and did not get excited. Nothing really worked for this image. But the presets are just the beginning I reminded myself.
I scrolled through the presets, and settled on Full Dynamic Harsh. I decided to get as much texture out of this picture as possible.
Always interesting in an image with strong colours like in this picture.
Red filter – ouch – too harsh
Orange filter – slightly less ouch
Yellow filter – slightly less ouch again
Green filter – nice
Blue filter – too surreal
Green filter it is then! I like the light airy effect of a green filter on a picture like this – this was definitely the kind of look I was after for the black and white version of this picture.
Lens Falloff 2 worked the best, and gave the image some balance. It darkened the corners nicely, and left the centre bright and light.
I reduced the overall brightness to -31%, then increased the Dynamic Brightness to +50%.
And that is that.
A nice image. Quite a subtle black and white conversion. Very pleasing.
All I need to do then is hit save in Nik, and when the black and white picture pops up in Lightroom right click to add to the target collection, which at the moment is “Hampshire Done”. This collection is my latest set of edits of pictures of Hampshire.
And this is when the power of collections kicks in. I also add the same image to the collection called “Black and White”.
And as the collection is synced with Lightroom Mobile by the time I have got back from putting the kettle on the image is there on my IPad. In both collections of course.
Once on my IPad I go to the image, select the icon top right which is the sharing icon, and select share, choose Small 2048px, and save the image to my camera roll.
And now the kettle has boiled. Make my cuppa and back to it. All I need to do now is add the image to this post and I am done.
Rick McEvoy Photography Blog
Saturday 10th December 2016