One Four Challenge – Dec Wk 2

Actually I specifically wasn’t going to do a BW conversion this week cos thats what I did for Week 2 last month. But this kinda snuck up on me, let me explain.

The plan was to do the layer blending thing again now that Photoshop was correctly setup with the Nik plugins so they could be used.  I had this idea of a faded sepia tone but with all the lines somehow enhanced.

Here are the steps that got me the image above:

– Loaded the image up in PS and then into Nik Color Efex
– Play with the filters til I found Bleach Bypass that faded the colours out and enhanced the detail a lot
– Quite liked it as it was but wanted a bit more…… something- Loaded image up into Nik Silver Efex to try and get some more detail enhancement, instead I got Full Spectrum Smooth which with the extra detail already there, looked interesting
– Played with vignette settings and liked the look of this white border, made it look like a faded old photo
– Going with the old photo idea, added some Agfa400 grain and Wallah!

Click on the image to appreciate the details better 🙂

All comments and feedback appreciated!


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27 Responses to One Four Challenge – Dec Wk 2

  1. Robyn G says:

    He he… So funny when this happens. I bet it happens to all of us. It does for me.
    Really striking B&W Stacey – this week is really all about the timber (and concrete?) textures and contrasts. It works!
    I love the film look and the border. It does look like an old photo!!

  2. J says:

    Oh, what texture! Love it!

    • lensaddiction says:

      Thanks, a very new thing for me, never done film grain before!

      • J says:

        It works beautifully here 🙂

      • lensaddiction says:

        I felt just a light touch was all that was needed, it already had so much detail already

      • J says:

        Yes — your photo started out as an amazing photo! Whereas, much of my editing involves rescuing an “iffy” photograph. 😉

      • lensaddiction says:

        More skill required for your job, lots of learning for all, and hopefully fun too 😊

      • J says:

        Oh no — both require great skill — just different skill sets, perhaps. Or perhaps not — both poetry and photography can appreciate and explore motifs, textures, subtleties … just different ways of expressing them. 🙂

        But yes — lots of fun — in either case 😉

  3. Bastet says:

    That’s a lovely effect .. love it.

  4. loisajay says:

    Beautiful! I especially love the tree bark.

    • lensaddiction says:

      Thanks, i wanted to focus a bit more on texture in this version of the image, and the tree certainly has lots of it.

  5. Joanne says:

    Great composition. I like the black and white conversion. Adding the grain works very well. Good work!

    • lensaddiction says:

      Thanks Joanne, Im not quite sure about grain, its easy to do too much and have it look messy or noisy but it just felt right here 🙂

  6. Carrie says:

    Beautiful! I love the dark wheel in the midst of all that texture, it allows my eye to come back to the wheel each time and get spun in a new area of your image. Really cool.

    • lensaddiction says:

      Thanks Carrie, I liked the spoked wheels in the middle as well. I think its still there after all the earthquakes, that part of the city was shut off for years!

  7. Emilio Pasquale says:

    Love how the wheel is tucked into the crook of the tree. And the texture of all those blooms. Great!

    • lensaddiction says:

      Thanks Emilio, when I first grabbed the image I was only looking for something that would work for the challenge, I didn’t think the image itself was all that fantastic.

      But now I see it in BW with the stronger textural bones and the balance of the tree curving over the wheel and framing it I am much more impressed with my composition skills from about 5 years ago LOL

  8. suej says:

    Don’t apologise for the black and white again – lovely textures and contrasts here

    • lensaddiction says:

      Thanks Sue, I wanted to something different and original, not BW again 🙂 But I am happy with what I did end up with for sure!

  9. svtakeiteasy says:

    Very textural in B&W. Great interpretation.

  10. The black and white is so much stronger than the last weeks. I never jumped from color Efex to Silver Efex in one workflow, something to think about.

    • lensaddiction says:

      Yes its a tip I have picked up from a couple of places recently, where you use Colour Efex to add in the detail and texture with contrast etc and then put BW over that, and I have to say it really made a difference in this image. I should do a non CEfex version to show the difference it makes 🙂

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