I’m never really sure what I’m going to come back with from New York City from an ad hoc shoot – It’s such an amazingly rich tapestry of life, people and objects. I spent some time recently at Bryant Park admiring the dedication, skill and diversity of the Bocce players who were demonstrating their craft in the pits.
I created two interpretations from one photo that I particularly liked, in a process that I call “Making Pictures.” It’s an example of creating something more or special from the original photo. In this case it’s accentuating a mood and a feeling that otherwise may have been overlooked. The equipment used was a Nikon D800 and Nikon 70-200mm VR II lens.
The first photo is an interpretation in a gritty black & white that I particularly like. The photo makes you think for a moment about what is going on. Black & white really simplifies this photo into it’s key elements. The processing is partly the result of using Nik Silver Efex Pro 2 and the “Film Noir 1″ preset, with no changes to the preset parameters. Be sure to click on each photo for a larger view.
The second photo is the optimized color version, using targeted saturation and contrast to highlight key areas such as the dusty rag and ruffled pants, and to lower the impact of other areas such as the background.
For comparison, below is the original photo immediately after the raw conversion and keeping the raw sliders at neutral, i.e. no change. See the difference? That’s how you Make Pictures!