05 Feb Black & White Photography has me Fascinated

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This past week has seen me finishing the layouts for the print version of my Affinity Photo How To book. This afternoon I hit the publish button and with a bit of luck, the print version will be on sale on Amazon within 24 hours.

Unfortunately, with most of my time going into the book, there hasn’t been any new photography. Instead, I’ve confined my activities to processing and reprocessing old images. Here’s one of a group of Silver Birch trees in the Peak District.

Silver Birch in the Mist, Peak District. Fuji XT2 with Fuji 16-55 lens 16mm. Tripod mounted exposure of 1.5” at f/11 and ISO200.

Whilst I’ve photographed these trees many times in varied weather conditions, I haven’t really considered how they would look in black and white. But after my recent run of good results processing black and white, I thoughts it was time to try and I’ve extremely pleased with the results.

In terms of my processing, the original RAW file was converted to a colour image using Capture One 2021. I then used the Nik Collection to convert the image to Black and White in Nik Silver Efex Pro. After that, I switched to On1 Photo where I applied the Dynamic Contrast filter to the foreground tree followed by a Glow filter to the entire image.

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