Sometimes things just don’t work. When what is not working is editing a picture, I am as stubborn as a mule.
I took this shot because it reminded me of an image I had seen before. In my mind I knew this image would work but would need some creative pixel editing to get it to its final form. I knew I wanted the image as a black and white and for the blue the sky to be black creating a negative space and adding contrast to the image, making the focus the building itself. Then I pressed the shutter.
I took three exposures knowing that to create the image a HDR toning would be best to bring out the details in the building, the wooden shutters and the sky.
The first image was a bit blah. The HDR processing had created far too much contrast and so when it came to the black and white processing, I created more contrast by darkening the sky. I felt the whole image lost something. My eyes were always being drawn to the clouds that seemed artificial and the building itself looks flat. This was an ok image but nothing to write home about.
I saved the file and walked away from the computer.
The image kept playing in my mind and I went back to the image a few times trying to make changes but nothing actually worked. Until I had a simple thought. Maybe It was not the black and white processing that was the problem. Maybe the image was the problem.
I went back to my original raw files and decided to start again.
I started with the raw HDR conversion. I created a less contrasted version of my original file. I paid particular attention the clouds and the building. I felt the big problem was the amount of adjustment I had made with the structure slider (midtone contrast), which created contrast detail. With a slightly softer processing I moved onto my black and white conversion.
I finally got to the image I wanted. I converted the image in Silver Efex and used Topaz Detail to bring out details in the highlights and reduced the noise in the image using Noise Ninja. There were some areas of harder noise in the sky, I removed this by duplicating my image and using a slight blur.
The trials of the image, was not being able to create the image I had envisioned and not seeing how to get to it. The tribulations were getting there in the end.
What you you think about the images? Do you like the original edit more than my favourite final version? Let me know in the comment box below?
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