Image number 6 in my black and white architectural photography series is Dorchester Fire Station and HQ Building, located on the western end of Poundbury.
This picture of Dorchester Fire Station and Dorset Fire and Rescue Service HQ was photographed for the architect, Carden Croft Calder Peel, and the builder Morgan Sindall.
Editing in Nik Silver Efex Pro went as follows.
The preset I chose was Full dynamic (smooth). I did not like the harsh variant, and this works nicely on this building.
Brightness + 15%
Dynamic brightness + 15%
These three adjustments were made to make the building stand out from its background (which was unfinished tarmac looking a bit of a mess anyway so no problem with hiding that!).
And then, I applied a Green colour filter.
I tried the various colour filters, and this one just added that final extra bit of pop.
And that was that. I didn’t like any of the other adjustments, anything else was changing something for the sake of it which I do not do.
I want to produce striking imagery, but I also wasn’t a style that is artistic, stylish but still realistic. This is all about pulling as much as possible out of an image, and also finding a repeatable style for my commercial work.
Original image capture was as follows
Canon 5D, Canon 17-40mm lens. Focal length used was 22mm Exposure was 1/750th of a second, F11, ISO200.
So that was the black and white version. Here is the final edit (done after issue to the client for myself).
And here is the RAW file – what a difference!!!