This is how I produced the black and white version of the picture of the Cerne Giant using Nik Silver Efex Pro, the free software from Google.
- High Contrast (Harsh)
- I don’t think I have ever used this preset before, but it worked nicely for this image.
- No filter – they all did strange things to the greens that transformed this image into something even worse!
- And this image is very green – the colour is by far the dominant colour in this picture.
- Lens Falloff 1. I tried 2 and 3 but they looked dreadful.
- I increased the Dynamic Brightness by 22% and that was that.
Lets be honest. Its not a great image. But all the same it is a picture of the Cerne Giant in Dorset. And the only one I have!
I might be being a bit harsh on myself here. Lets put these two images to the vote on 500PX and Instagram and see what the outside world thinks!
I will report back.
As I said yesterday, head over to the National Trust website for a much better picture and all you need to know about the Cerne Giant.
And if you like this image you will be able to view it on my black and white landscape photography in Dorset web page!
Tomorrow – lets get back on track with a stunning landscape image taken in West Dorset of a location currently featured in a very popular TV programme.
Rick McEvoy Photography
Friday 24th March 2017