Daily Photograph, December 8

© Brad Mangas

Another black and white work up of an image using the Nik Silver Efex Pro plugin. Photoshop offers it’s own black and white conversion which many times works out very well and in some cases the same effect can be achieved as with the Nik plugin, but in many cases this could take much more time and experimentation, Silver Efex just seems to do a very good job and does it usually with a simple click of the mouse. I used a preset called “wet rock” which I thought was fitting and produced an effect I liked. This image didn’t have much color to it to begin with, the oak leaf was a light grayish brown shade with some color in the rock background. I liked how the leaf had varying shades of tone. This was taken on one of my many hikes along Shunga Creek close to home. I always love exploring the creek areas and I have written how winter time seems to be the best time of year to visit. Looks like I’m going to have to venture back to the creek and do some more exploring very soon.