Sometimes, you plan for a photo shoot and when the day arrives, the light is horrible. On this particular day, I was hoping to get a colorful sunset and awesome clouds but what I got instead was a dreary dull sky. Of course, I knew that was going to be my fortune as I was driving out to this rural church but I had set out to photograph it and I was not going to throw in the towel because mother nature was not her kindest. Of course, there were other options as these dull overcast days are a great time to shoot macro. But, I wanted that church and I’m just stubborn enough to go and shoot anyway. The image below was what I captured in camera and I’ll be the first to say, not the best. So, I put it in the files thinking that someday I might be able to do something with it.
Fast forward about 3 years and I finally decided that an image like this could potentially look good as a black & white. Having recently discovered Nik software’s Silver Effex Pro, I decided to have a go. I made numerous local contrast and structure adjustments to the sky and grass in front. I thought the fence was an eye sore so I removed it. I added a red filter to the entire scene then finished the processing in Photoshop. The image below was the black & white conversion. The image at the very top of this post was an artistic rendering using Photoshop’s Oil Filter, which I really enjoy using.
Of the three images, I favor the artistic rendering the most, but the grungy look in the B&W also works for me. So when the day comes to shoot and the light is anything but perfect….shoot anyway.
Until next time, good light and keep shooting. –KEVIN