I love Nik Software products and Nik Silver Efex Pro has always been one of my favorite ways to create black and white images. Now, Nik Silver Efex Pro 2.0 has been released with a bunch of new tools such as color point technology, new algorithms and new visual presets. Their new software allows you to add regional adjustments as well as local adjustements. One of the neatest elements of the software is the border module that allows you to create very professional looking vignettes and burned edges.
The new software works as a plugin for Photoshop, Lightroom or Aperture. It can also be operated in stand-alone mode using TIFFs and JPGs.
I love it.
I’m out doing some work today for a new book project with Rocky Nook. I took this image of the New Oregon fishing boat by hoisting my Nikon D90 digital camera into the air with a home-made DIY aerial photography monopod. I made the monopod out of a paint roller extension handle from the Home Depot which allows me to raise the camera about 20′ into the air. To get the shot, I put the Nikon D90 on self timer with a five second delay.
I converted the image to Black and White in Nikon Capture NX 2 and added some extra contrast to the sky using the Selection Brush tool.
Here are a couple of other versions of the same file. The first is with a bit of a softening filter. The second is a color image.