Image number 1 in my black and white architectural photography portfolio is a picture of the Dorchester Fire Station and HQ Building.
This complex is located on the western edge of Poundbury, on the outskirts of Dorchester.
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.
(When I say image number 1 it was actually image number 6 but I am working in date order don't forget!)
First the starting point in my black and white processing.
Picking a preset.
The preset I chose was Full dynamic (smooth). I did not like the harsh variant, and this works nicely on this building.
- Brightness + 15%
- Shadows -71%
- 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
Photograp taken on my Canon 5DCanon 5D, Canon 17-40mm lens. Focal length used was 22mm Exposure was 1/750th of a second, F11, ISO200.
Here is the colour version of this image directly above the black and white version so you can make a comparison between the two.