This architectural interior photography image was taken for the architect of the project.
Fire stations - lots of bright vibrant reds. So how does a picture in black and white look? This is another portfolio image that has been give the treatment in Nik Silver Efex Pro.
The original edit was done in Lightroom, and consisted of mainly processing in the basic panel with some dodging and burning. This is often the only thing I need to do to an image, and if that is all I need to do it is a good thing for me, as it means I have produced the image relatively quickly.
Black and white photography of interiors needs the contrast, highlights and shadows and the subject matter to do a bit more work than with a colour image, as the dominant element, especially in a picture of a fire station, is no longer there. And there is no blue sky either.
Thinking about it you don't see too many pictures of the insides of new fire stations in black and white. I am going to post the colour version below next to the black and white image so you can compare and contrast!!
This is what did I do in Nik Silver Efex Pro to produce this black and white picture.
Starting with the preset of course (you will get used to this trust me) I chose Full Structure Smooth as my preset of choice.
Then I applied a red filter, which boosted the Reds (in black and white that is). These colour filters are very powerful.
Next I needed to expand the dynamic range within the image (This is a single exposure captured on my Canon 5D with Canon 17-40mm lens) - I did this by firstly increasing the dynamic brightness to 30%, and then applying a vignette, Lens Falloff 3. This lightened the centre of the image, and darkened the edges.
The human eye goes to the lightest thing in a picture first, so this technique is helping the eye go to the centre of the image and stay there, rather than wander all over the place.
See a bit of photography gold there for you all!!
Image 2 in the black and white sorted. Tomorrow I will have the next image. Image number 3. How do I come up with this complicated stuff!?!
For completeness here is the colour image and the black andwhite image.
Rick McEvoy Photography Blog
16th September 2016