How Black and White Made a Night and Day Difference

September 24, 2012

This blog post was featured on The B&W Photo website this past week. Check the site out for some great black and white images...

 

by Mike Boening

Last weekend I ventured out very early in the morning to prepare for a beautiful sunrise capture at Belle Isle Park in Detroit, MI.  The Douglas MacArthur Bridge is the only entrance onto the historic island park and the views of the bridge from below are amazing even in the middle of the day.  The sun adds the warmth as it appears across the Detroit River early in the morning.  The weather was great and a few of us were ready to start capturing the moment.  I decided that the bridge seemed to be more massive from the ground below the steel barricades on the walk.  So after a little configuring with the tripod I found myself in front of some great looking rocks to set the foreground to my image.  

My intentions on this image were to never make it a black and white.  I loved the color when I got home to process it and the reflection of the lights on the longer exposure made the shot for me.

About two days after taking the shot and hearing some positive responses I wondered if the B&W would have the same impact as the color one.  Of course, after processing this image I was not disappointed.  The differences in my opinion were that it made it look like night or early evening and it had almost a European look, a bridge from another country.  It turned out that I was just as pleased with the B&W image as I was the color and it actually gave me a new image completely, a difference of day and night…

Technical aspects of the image:

The image was captured with a Nikon D7000 and 24-70 Nikkor f2.8 lens.  (f22, 100 ISO, 1 second exposure)  It was processed in Aperture 3.3 and then round tripped to Silver Efex Pro 2 where the Faux Infrared filter was applied with a small number of control points to keep the consistency of the sky.


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