Silver City - First B&W using Silver Effex

Discussion in 'Black and White' started by NightBird, Apr 27, 2013.

  1. NightBird

    NightBird SC Regular

    Apr 23, 2013
    Sydney, Australia
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    Not having had a lot of time since picking up my copy of the Nik software collection, I got to edit my first photo with Silver Efex yesterday.

    <a href="" title="Silver City by Darren.Nightingale, on Flickr">[​IMG]"1024" height="683" alt="Silver City"></a>
  2. Looks great - but with the term "Silver City" - was expecting Broken Hill :wink:
  3. Yeats

    Yeats SC All-Pro

    Jul 31, 2012
    New Jersey, USA
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    Wonderful shot! Great lines, perspective, processing... :bravo-009:
  4. bilzmale

    bilzmale Super Moderator Emeritus

    Jul 17, 2010
    Perth, Western Australia
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    Bill Shinnick
    Very nice composition and treatment.
  5. ajramirez

    ajramirez SC All-Pro

    Jul 9, 2010
    Caguas, Puerto Rico
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    Beautiful composition and great tones.
  6. tdp

    tdp Guest

    Wow, well the proof is in the photo. Nice job.
  7. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
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    these kinds of shots don't often do much for me, but your processing makes it a cut above.
  8. HeatherTheVet

    HeatherTheVet SC All-Pro

    Apr 23, 2011
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    Right, that's it. I'm going to have to buy SilverEfex.

    Darren, your photo is brilliant. The processing gives it a real depth and shine, but credit where it is due, the composition makes it all possible. Get that one on your wall. Or a gallery wall. Or a rich patron's wall :bravo-009:
  9. Ghosthunter

    Ghosthunter boo!

    Sep 8, 2010
    London UK
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    That is a WOW image!!! nice work!!!
  10. Gary

    Gary SC All-Pro

    Aug 19, 2012
    Southern California
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    Gary Ayala
    I like the composition, the subject matter, the whole enchilada ... but, I find the infinite DOF odd and the processing seems slightly over the top for me, a smidgeon over-processed. I am not saying it is a rotten image ... in fact it is a very good image, a very striking image. For my tastes, it is just slightly too striking. As a general rule, I like to see B&W reflect what I would expect from a B&W print and this image is something different, at least to my eyes, than a B&W print.

    If this is the effect you seek, something beyond a wet darkroom, then well done! Regardless of what I think, it is a very striking and beautiful image, an image worthy of printing big, very big.

  11. NightBird

    NightBird SC Regular

    Apr 23, 2013
    Sydney, Australia
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    Thanks everyone.. I've just printed a 30x20 which turned out very nice. I did take on board Gary's comments and re-edited it slightly. Funny enough however, the image seemed a little over-processed straight from camera when imported to Lightroom. I didn't add any sharpening, and in fact reduced the default Lightroom sharpening a little before editing in Silver Efex.

    One of my customers had a 2.4 metre (just less than 8 feet) canvas just printed as well, though I'm not partial to canvas prints personally. If nothing else, the print was impressively large while retaining more detail than I would have expected from both such a large print, and being on canvas. Luckily they have their own print shop, as I wouldn't have wanted to pay for that one.