Flower Power B&W

You might be shaking your head over the title of this blog. B&W of such colorful subjects as flowers? And Dahlias no less with their brilliant color palette…

That’s just the point…Dahlias with their colorful patterns make dramatic graphic B&W images. Even if you don’t know the nuances of a good B&W you can make some down right respectable B&W images using NIK Silver Efex Pro 2. The really cool thing is the preview window and the filters for tweaking the contrast and tonal ranges. There are sliders for contrast, exposure and structure that when moved give you a preview of the effect so, you simply adjust to your own style. As for the colored filters, you don’t have to have a background in B&W to get the hang of the filters. Simply click on each one to see what the effect is on your image and select the one that you like the best. By simply clicking on two different filters, I was able to make two very different images of the same flower…


Silver Efex Pro 2 Neutral with Structure increased, brightness increased and the red filter applied


Silver Efex Pro 2 Neutral with Structure increased, brightness increased and the blue filter applied

The differences are not drastic but each image does have it’s own look. Neither is right or wrong, it’s simply which effect you prefer. The red filter gave the image a soft dreamy sort of look with no real contrast and the blue filter made the image more dramatic with greater contrast, deeper blacks. And for those of you who don’t care for B&W, that first color image is no slouch either.