Bordeaux, France. Wine. Barrels. Cellars. Add to this art in the room and you have a great subject to photograph. And even better in black and white.
So this is the image of the space containing the barrels and the 9 triangles on the walls that come together if you stand where I was for this shot.
The colour image worked really well, and is in my portfolio. The black and white version I really like too.
Back on track with my writing - I know exactly what I did in Nik Silver Efex Pro
Firstly, I perused the presets. I went through my favourite presets, although sometimes I do go back through all of them just to see if there is something else that works.
But not for this image.
I used "Full Dynamic Harsh", which I quite often use for my interior photography work. It brings out all the depth and textures. Not something you would use for a dreamy landscape picture, but great for the interiors of buildings.
Next I went through the colour filters, and settled on the green filter. The colours in this image are quite specific, and the green filter worked well adding a further level of depth to the image.
I then reduced the brightness down to -30% to darken the overall image, and to finish off increased the Dynamic Brightness to 51% . This made the edges of the image, which had already had a vignette applied, darker, but meant I could brighten up the centre of the image giving the overall finished image a greater dynamic range and making the barrels in the front stand out. You can ready my previous post about the production of the portfolio image on my blog somewhere at www.rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk/blog
I am getting closer to having a black and white portfolio now which is nice. I am enjoying producing new black and white images, which feels a bit old fashioned to be honest but makes a nice change.
Tomorrow I will be posting another black and white image on my blog.
Rick McEvoy Photography Blog
12th August 2016