I shot this image, titled “Towards the Bay”, at 10:30 in the morning. Not the best time to get the best light, but I was out walking along the Bay near Crissy Field in San Francisco…saw this scene…and pushed the button…disregarding the time of day. I’m not going to get into the discussion of best times to photograph, but sometimes you do what you’re inspired to do.
Because the light wasn’t that great (very flat), the color image just wasn’t very inspiring. So…what does a good photographer do? Convert to black and white. And in this case, I used an infrared filter. Now the image has some decent structure, contrast, and depth.
Here’s the before image. And so you know, this was a handheld, two-image, two-stop, bracketed capture. I blended the two color images using LR’s new HDR merge. Not bad, but certainly not what I was envisioning. I brought the color image into PS and added the infrared filter from Nik’s Silver Efix Pro2. Then back to PS to remove incidental artifacts and add my watermark signature, then back to LR for a couple of other small touches.
So get out there and shoot away! If the image has potential (in your eyes), then get creative and make it what you want. Cheers all :-))