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Town Hall by Nikon

Town Hall - Soft Black and White

For today’s post I picked another photo that I took with the Nikon 5100 on Sunday of the Ivanhoe Town Hall.  I was so disappointed with how the sky turned out in the photos. When I was looking through them, there was one that I thought wouldn’t be such a bad image if the sky were better.  It has been overcast and rainy here today, so I took the 5100 outside and took some photos of some clouds.  I picked one image and replaced the sky.

There has been quite a bit of processing done to this.  I have tried to enhance the brick detail more.  The lighting has been completely changed as well.  What do you think of the cloudy sky?

The original is there on the left.  It’s really washed out and I really don’t like the sky in it.  The clouds and the processing have improved the image so much.  A lot more mood has been put into the image.  The darkening of the bricks has helped give the outside of the building more depth.

Of course, I couldn’t just leave it at that.  With the Nik Software, you know I had to try the image in Color Efex.

The Color Efex filter Classical Soft Focus.  This filter really is my favourite.  I find a lot of the others too much, whereas I like the subtleness of this one.

So after using Color Efex, I had to see how the image would look processed with Silver Efex.

When it is changed to black and white with Silver Efex, the whole mood changes.  It almost looks like it was taken at night with a full moon.

The other day when I did the post on the images from the back beach, someone suggested using the soft focus on the black and white image, so today I decided to try that.

Though,  now that I compare the two, there doesn’t seem a lot of difference.  It is softer, but not a lot.

Doing the images in different ways can be a great thing, but then it becomes harder to work out which one you like the best.

I had hoped that I would be able to get out with the Nikon 5100 today to get some photos, but the weather wasn’t suitable as we had thunderstorms and rain this morning.  I am planning some trips this weekend to really try it out.  Though, I am going to try some still life images this week with some dead roses I have.

 

 

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  1. I really like the Color Efex Classical shot; it creates an atmosphere that looks like a storm is coming, or has just passed. The b/w looks very moody, as if a story is about to break out. Very cool.

    November 27, 2012
    • That is a wonderful description thank you so much for that.

      November 30, 2012
  2. wonderful shots.

    November 27, 2012
  3. I do like the soft focus B&W – the brickwork looks good too

    November 27, 2012
  4. The Classical Soft Focus has worked very nicely and unusually I prefer this to the B&W.

    November 27, 2012
    • Wow, thank you Andrew, it is nice to have given you a different option that you liked.

      November 30, 2012
  5. I love the light in the first shot and the sky does enhance it. It is sharp and very authentic. I am sure the Town Hall would love it.

    November 27, 2012
    • I don’t know if they would, maybe I should send a link to the post, actually I am hoping they might let me photograph the whole building, inside and out. Thanks

      November 30, 2012
  6. I love the cloudy sky (just like mine, today, in Marseille !).

    November 27, 2012
    • Thanks Fashion Mayann, we have a cloudy sky here today as well.

      November 30, 2012
  7. Great job, amazing what photo editing can do!

    November 27, 2012
  8. Beautiful building and beautiful photography!

    November 27, 2012
    • It is a pretty amazing building, thanks Dean.

      November 30, 2012
  9. N #

    The photo, wow!

    November 27, 2012
  10. Liz #

    Wasn’t it wet? It feels likes its been ages since we’ve had rain like that. I really like the top shot. I have to admit I struggle with soft focus photos, nothing to do with the images but the softness always makes me feel like I need my eyes tested, ie i’m getting old.

    November 27, 2012
    • No, it wasn’t wet Liz, the sky was overcast, but the clouds came from Tuesday when we had the thunderstorms. Great to be able to give it a different sky. I love why you don’t like soft focus, I had to laugh. Thanks

      November 30, 2012
  11. Wow … it’s hard to believe that the clouds in the final version came out of the washed out sky shown in the original. It’s like the software is pulling elements from out of nowhere. I guess the camera seems a bit more than we ever do. Amazing adjustments. Continued nice work. D

    November 27, 2012
    • The clouds didn’t come out of the blown out sky. Cut and paste.

      November 28, 2012
      • Ah, ha! Tricky. Hey .. what’s up with east13photography? Are you starting up a new blog? If so … what’s its focus? No pun intended! If Photoshop was able to so seamlessly merge the clouds with the original image – it must be truly powerful and flexible. Nice work. D

        November 28, 2012
      • I’m a music photographer: east13photography.com. I don’t really go in for the wordpress mutual appreciation society thing – I use wordpress, but self host – but I do post pictures of musicians.

        November 29, 2012
    • HI Dave, looks like you got the answers, the sky was replaced with another one. I love that I can do that. Thanks.

      November 30, 2012
  12. I like the shots – both colour & bw – without the soft focus, very much!

    November 27, 2012
    • I can understand that soft focus isn’t for everyone, so I appreciate you telling me what you do like, thank you.

      November 30, 2012
      • Oh, I think it depends on when one uses soft focus. I´ve nothing against it per se, in fact it enhances certain ideas.
        Cheers
        Charles

        November 30, 2012
      • That is so true Charles,

        November 30, 2012
  13. What a difference! I like the first B&W the best.

    November 27, 2012
    • Thanks Wiwi, I think that could be the best one too.

      November 30, 2012
  14. Truly cool images…
    I woke up this morning thinking about some of the still lifes you’ve done over the last year, and remembered the painted backdrops you used…If you get the time, could you do a post on them, and the why’s and how’s of choosing?
    (Yes, I’m serious about the waking-up part; I have some odd dreams when I’m stressed ;) )

    November 27, 2012
    • Thanks Marie.
      Of course I can, I will have to wait for a cool day though, my studio doesn’t have any ventilation and it gets really hot this time of the year. I have had some others wanting to know as well. I might see if I can do a tutorial on how one Monday.
      I have very strange dreams too, I’ve been dreaming about making it through impossible situations lately, I hope it means things are going to be good. :)

      November 30, 2012
  15. Beautiful result, thanks

    November 27, 2012
  16. Gorgeous!!

    November 27, 2012
  17. Nice!!!

    November 27, 2012
  18. Wonderful photo. I love photos that work really well in both color and B&W.

    November 28, 2012
    • I love that you can choose now, so wonderful, thank you Timothy.

      November 30, 2012
  19. mistymidnite #

    Perfect symmetry. Angles and space…wow. Nice.

    November 28, 2012
  20. They are all good shots. :)

    November 28, 2012
  21. The color effects classic soft focus is attractive because it doesn’t have that over processed look and the next process using the silver effex is filled with drama because of the accentuated detailing. Isn’t it wonderful to be able to create many looks/feelings from the same original image. Great job Leanne and thanks for sharing this project!

    November 28, 2012
    • I have to admit that is one of the things I love about digital, there are so many choices. Thanks PC PHOTO

      November 30, 2012
  22. LaPetiteFéerie #

    Nice! I really liked what you did with the Silver Efex. It gave it a very classic/retro feel to the pic :)

    November 28, 2012
    • That is great to hear, thank you LaPetiteFéerie

      November 30, 2012
  23. Leanne. the first photo is great, the B&W does not seem to pop. I like the fact that you try different things and show them. It allows us to visualize what different software does. I’ve been a Nikon Person since the late 70’s. My opinion you can’t go wrong with a Nikon.

    November 28, 2012
    • Thank you, I do like to try lots of different things. I love Nikon, I have to admit, I can’t imagine using another brand.

      November 30, 2012
  24. A more menacing sky, or at least more interesting one, is something I would’ve not thought of. And, the Color Efex has given it the night time appearance. Well done.

    November 28, 2012
    • I have done it a few times, of course you have to have a stock of clouds that you can use. I try and photograph interesting clouds whenever I can. Thanks David.

      November 30, 2012
  25. Mmm, quite nice, but don’t let this trickery put you off going out and taking nice pics. Nikon’s D5100 is a jolly nice camera that is up to much more than the pic you used as a basis for your -must admit quite impressive- bit of p-shopping.

    November 28, 2012
    • well said

      November 28, 2012
    • Going out and taking photos is all part of it. The weather hasn’t been great this week, but I am hoping to get out quite a bit this weekend to try it out before it has to go back to Nikon. Though having said that, playing with the images on the computer for me is also part of the process and one that I love. Thanks

      November 30, 2012
  26. Leanne, the color and black and white are both stunning…. when I think of all the time I spent in a dark room and I could never get images like that.

    November 28, 2012
    • Bless you, I know exactly what you are talking about. I can remember spending weeks in the darkroom working on one image, I even got some help couldn’t do it, I scanned the negative earlier this year and within 15 minutes I had what I had tried to do in the darkroom. I love the digital darkroom.

      November 30, 2012
  27. Beautiful!!

    November 28, 2012
  28. Very interesting. Love the first B&W shot. You’re right it looks like it was shot at night. Looking forward to seeing more.

    November 28, 2012
    • Thank you Richard, it is such a great building, I really want to do more on it.

      November 30, 2012
  29. so beautiful, you’re extremely talented.

    November 28, 2012
    • I think I am just experienced, but thank you very much.

      November 30, 2012
  30. Love the storm-brewing moodiness of the b&w…but go back and forth on which of these renditions I like the most. Maybe that’s all dependent on my own mood[iness] ! :) I like them each, a lot, for different reasons.

    November 28, 2012
    • That is an interesting comment spree, I love what you have said, thank you so much.

      November 30, 2012
  31. petit4chocolatier #

    Wonderful shots. I really love the dramatic sky, the flag blowing, and the green clock-colourful. And I really love the eerie setting of the black and white!!

    November 28, 2012
    • Thank you petit4chocolatier, seems it was a great choice, people have liked different ones for different reasons.

      November 30, 2012
  32. The Silver efex is the best to me !! Fantastic !

    November 28, 2012
    • That is wonderful to know, thank you so much.

      November 30, 2012
  33. calvininjax #

    You have followed my blog long enough to know that the B&W conversions are my favourites.

    November 28, 2012
    • I think black and white conversions are very popular, thank you.

      November 30, 2012
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    November 28, 2012
    • Thank you so much for the nomination, I left a comment on your blog.

      November 30, 2012
  35. I like the first picture and the normal bw ones the most. :) That is some serious editing you did, I have no idea how you did it. Awesome work. ^_^b

    November 28, 2012
    • Maybe I should do a tutorial on replacing skies, I have done it a bit. I love being able to do it. Thanks beautyofsimplycity

      November 30, 2012
      • Yes!! That would be awesome! I’d love that. :D
        You’re welcome. :)

        November 30, 2012
  36. Wonderful lines and angles. The colours and lighting are superb.

    November 29, 2012
    • Thank you David, it is a great building, and there are lots of lines and angles, I really must go back.

      November 30, 2012
  37. Beautiful shot!

    November 30, 2012
  38. mapsalesdotcom #

    Your photo captured the architecture of the Town hall building very nicely.

    November 30, 2012
    • Thank you, helps that the architecture is brilliant to start with.

      November 30, 2012
  39. thefotobird #

    Oh man, I love the contrasting signage there.

    December 1, 2012
  40. Catching up here, Leanne!

    Not keen on the first image…a bit too saturated…yet love the path you placed it on with Nik! That ‘soft focus’ is quite wonderful…and what it did to B/W version makes it really stand out! BTW, love the architecture of this building…really a great shot to begin with!

    December 2, 2012
    • That’s what I seem to be doing a lot, catching up,
      I think Nik did a great jov with it, I loved the effects. It is great architecture, I will go back when we get some better weather, thanks 1000

      December 9, 2012
  41. The processing in Silver Efex is just awesome again! Love the moodiness! Wonderful job, Leanne!

    December 3, 2012
  42. You are one of my inspirations.. wonderful.

    December 6, 2012
    • Thank you rhema3one7, what a wonderful thing to say.

      December 9, 2012

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