Seascapes can look very dramatic in black and white, particularly when there is a moody sky, as indeed there was during the morning on which I captured this image.

I decided to take one of my unpublished images from a successful shoot at Little Austinmer, and process it in black and white.

Rather than using Photoshop's black and white filter, I finally decided to use Nik Software's Silver Efex. I have seen the results of Silver Efex before, and it produces some very pleasing black and white images.

For this moody seascape, I wanted a punchy look without losing the details at either end of the brightness spectrum.

Using Silver Efex's high structure preset, with some of my own tweaking, I produced this high-contrast image of water crashing and cascading over the rocks.

I will definitely further expore Silver Efex when I next wish to produce a black and white image.

Published on Monday, 21st November, 2016.





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