Another month for the One Four Challenge which you can read about it, and join it here. This challenge is about processing 1 image in 4 different ways over 4 weeks.
For this month I decided to use a photograph I had taken of some cormorants sitting in a dead tree..with a cormorant flying in to join them.
This week I decided to take advantage of a trial download of the Black and White photography program Silver Efex Pro2 which I installed as an add-on to Photoshop. I went through the 38 presets and liked the effect of the overexposed( EV+1) preset and the high key 2 preset best. I was working with the uncropped original version of my photo and to my surprise I noticed that a few cormorants had been hiding in the colour photo(look hard and you can spot them in the original). Choosing to work with the overexposed preset, I did some fine-tuning of the preset but I don’t remember details(oops again!).
So for week 2 I changed to a more expanded crop than week 1 and got this black and white version. The cormorants are reasonably clear but the bushes at the bottom are a bit fuzzy unfortunately. I am not sure that this composition works..but I wanted to “show off” the extra cormorants and how editing can bring out missed details.
I do like this program but not sure if I want to spend the big bucks for it..$169 Canadian!!! I haven’t done a lot of black and white processing so I think I should probably learn the old-fashioned way(ie Lightroom or Photoshop!)
Gallery of edits so far:
Linking to One Four Challenge week 2 September here.