I tried a few edits of the colour version of this picture of the woods at The Vyne, including an HDR image, but the original edit in Lightroom happily was the best. I did a bit of cleaning up of the image in Photoshop, but that was all really.
The original edit producing the feel of the image that the National Trust liked was still all there.
All I had to do next was produce a black and white version of the picture using Nik Silver Efex Pro. I wanted to recreate the mood of the colour version of the picture, which has been featured by the National Trust in their Twitter feed which is nice, Very nice indeed!
This is what I did to produce the black and white image using Nik Silver Efex Pro, the free software from Google.
- Fine Dynamic Smooth worked nicely for this picture
- The green filter gave a subtle change to the lighting on the ground
- Lens Falloff 3. Then I changed my mind and went with Lens Falloff 2. I didn’t like the shadows on the left hand side.
After a bit of playing around this is what I went with.
- Overall brightness -18%
- Highlights -47%
- Midtones -19%
- Shadows -18%
- Dynamic brightness +40%
This is purely a visual process, I move the sliders left and right till I end up with something I like. Not very scientific I know!
And yes I know I should be working on other things but there is a gap in my 500PX feed – I need to maintain my colour/ black and white alternating sequence so need to do this, erm, today.
I am going to be a bit more systematic about my posting of images to 500PX and Instagram. The problem is I produce something and want to post it straight away. This is why there are so many posts in my draft folder on my photography blog which I need to deal with as well.
Oh well if that is my biggest problem in life… Which it isn't by the way.
And that is another black and white landscape photography image to add to my new web page which will be imaginatively called “Black and white landscape photography in Hampshire”. I have not added the page to my website yet but there is a collection evolving nicely in Lightroom.
Tuesday 14th March 2017