Colour, Black and White or Both

This last week has been interesting, since downloading the trial version of Silver Efex Pro 2 from Nik Software, well I am finding myself addicted to it.  I love the effects you get with the images.  I know that the image on my rework Friday is going to be done using it, you knew that didn’t you? Remember a couple of weeks ago I got up really early to go to Point Lonsdale, really early.  Then I went over to Barwon Heads.  I took the above image then.  I haven’t shown it before, as I didn’t think it was that interesting.  It is nice, but not really great.  I had already processed it as a HDR in Photomatix Pro, as I have with all the images today.

Then I started to wonder how it would look if I processed it in Silver Efex.

I don’t know about you, but to me, this is a fantastic image, well it is a massive improvement on the colour version.  What do you think?

Then I thought I would do an image that I took last Saturday when I was there with Suzzanna.  This image was taken with my Nikon D300s, using bracketed shots.  All the images today were done with the Nikon.

I really liked the clouds in this, and one day I might see if I can get a lot more out of them.

Black and white can really add a lot more drama to an image, especially when you don’t need colour in the image.  I don’t think the colour is necessary here and I am more than happy with the black and white, though I would like to do more work to the clouds.  I will leave that for another time as well.

Here is another image of the jetty, you have seen this jetty a lot over the last couple of weeks.  I find this image quite boring.  So I wondered what else I could do with it.

I think Silver Efex has made this image come alive.  I find this one so much better than the colour version.  I hope you agree.

I am finding the option of colour and B&W quite interesting.  I like the presets in Silver Efex.  I hope those who haven’t tried it have downloaded a trial version to try it.

Bags, Bags, Bags

The quest continues, but I believe it might be over.  After so many of you said how good Tamrac bags were, I sent them an email, and can you believe, they emailed me back.  So I emailed them again, and I got another response.  That is what you want to see in a company.  They recommended the Expedition Range.

One of the biggest questions about the bags was whether or not they were available in Australia, so I looked up distribution on their website and was lead to C.R.Kennedy & Co,  and yet another email to them this morning.  Then I was even more pleasantly surprised to receive a phone call.  We discussed what I was looking for, and now negotiations are under way for a Tamrac Expedition 7.  I am so happy, it is so nice to work with a company that has really good customer service.

If you are in Australia, then don’t hesitate to contact C.R.Kennedy & Co for details on where you can also find and purchase Tamrac bags.


  1. Glad your finally getting some resolution on the camera bag. The black and white versions are indeed better.

  2. my husband does some black & white photography occasionally – can help make the mood of the photo. Nice job!

    • You are right, it can really help the mood, especially when the colour one does nothing. Thank you coastingnz

  3. Hi Leanne! In the first instance I prefer the colour (sorreeeeeee! :) ), and with the jetty I really like the B&W. I’m a bit undecided about the second one. Lovely pics, though. :)

    • Hey, you don’t need to say sorry, it is your opinion and I respect that :). I am undecided about the lighthouse as well. I think they both work. :) Thank you Zelmare.

  4. markdoolan says

    I really like the black and white versions. By getting rid of the colour you also get rid of distraction in the photo so you really only see what you need to. Silver Efex Pro does a really nice job at converting to black and white; great tonal range.

    • That is good to read Mark, I agree with you, I also think that Silver Efex has added something more to them as well.

  5. SEP2 is a fantastic bit of software, expensive but for me well worth the investment.

  6. Silver Efex Pro 2 is a great tool. I love the overabundance of presets delivered with it and the film effects filters. Waiting to see what if any impact will result from Google’s acquisition of Nik.

    • Yes, for all those reasons, it is nice that it does have all those extra things. It will be interesting to see if Google has an affect on the product, or just leaves them to get on with it. Thanks Wayne

  7. I love the last B&W shot of the jetty. It’s so much easier to focus on the beautiful lines in this image than in the color version.

    • I found the colour version of the last image, so boring. Then when I put it into SEP, I couldn’t believe the difference, it was fantastic. I was so happy with it. Glad you agree, thanks Nikita.

  8. I love the Silver Efex. I absolutely agree with you – the images are superb. Can you use it with any programme? Thank you.

    • I am not totally sure Lizzie, I think you can use it in Photoshop and Lightroom, and Aperture if you use Mac. It is pretty good.

    • The free trial is great, though you have to be quick, you only get 15 days to try it out. Though I think I am addicted to it already.

  9. Nice, nice photo series. At tThe ocean, color or B&W, I like them all.

    Sounds like good news on the bag front. You may need to do a photo series when you get a new bag.

    • Thank you David, I have to admit, I quite like the ocean.

      Yes, that is a good idea. I will have to go to lots of places to try it out. I can’t wait to get it, I am pretty excited.

  10. Yes, the B&W versions are really dramatic – the most marked improvement is with the first image – it really lends it drama. Nice shots.

  11. All these B/Ws are nothing short of spectacular, Leanne! They are very reminiscent of Ansel Adams’ work…and deserve to be printed in a large format, then hung on some CEO’s office walls (of course, the CEO would HAVE to like the sea!)…perhaps you can find one in Melbourne?

    • Oh yes, wouldn’t that be nice if it was possible. Haha. I would love to see them printed. That is an awesome comment and compliment, thank you so much.

  12. I agree with you that the black and white versions of these are more dramatic and interesting. I do like the color version of the lighthouse a lot though.

    • I have to agree Pat, I don’t mind the colour version either, it is quite nice. I think the other two work better as B&W. Thank you.

  13. petit4chocolatier says

    I love all the photos; especially the first one!

  14. I love all of these! I am especially drawn to the ones of the lighthouse and find both so breathtaking I wouldn’t be able to choose one if I had to…good thing I don’t.

    • I think the both the lighthouse images work, either the colour or the B&W, there is something good about both. Thank you so much littlemisswordy

  15. Hey Leanne
    Thanks for stopping by my site today. Quite alot of my friends use nik software with nothing bad to say about it. I don’t often shoot b&w, colour is part of what draws me to a shot in the first place. I have to say though the results are great and you have made me think about going back and trying it on some of my shots.
    Thanks :)

    • I am a bit the same, tend to do mostly colour, now I keep wanting to convert my images to see how they look in B&W. You should have a go at some, they might become something completely different. Thank you. :)

  16. I like both color and B&W versions, but if I had to choose then it would be B&W!

    • It is nice when you see photos that do obviously look better in B&W. I think that about these, and I am glad you agree, thank you Susi

  17. Beautiful shots! I’m a fan of the color. And have you checked out Tenba camera bags?

    • Thanks Lorrin. I haven’t heard of Tenba, although I have one now, it just arrived, will talk about it today.

  18. Black & White all the way…of course I had my own film darkroom up until three years ago. I especially love the pier and the lighthouse shots…beautiful moods!!!

    • I did have a darkroom once, but it drove me nuts, I hated how long it took to get a picture, especially when trying to do something complicated, haha. I didn’t have the patience. Thank you grafixp2012, good to hear you like them.

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