Motion – Silver Efex Pro 2 (short review)

I thought today I would show a before and after picture taken in Chicago using Nik Software Silver Efex Pro 2 for post processing.  All my pictures that become black and white are processed through Silver Efex Pro.  I’ve been using it since the first version.  The second version is far better because it has more control sliders and has “U point” technology.  “U point” is unique to Nik Software programs because it allows you to edit only certain parts or colors of your picture instead of making global changes.  I highly recommend the software if you are going to be making black and white pictures.

This picture was taken with my M9.  I was hoping to get a since of motion with the car. I was able to get this by making sure the rest of the scene was in focus.  The initial color picture is boring, changing to black and white and adding some vignetting makes it much more interesting.

Old Interior

Last winter I visited the Auburn Cord Duesenburg Automobile Museum in Auburn, IN. It’s located at the original headquarters of the Auburn Automobile Company.  From the outside it looked like a good size building but I never imagined the amount of cars they had.  I’m not a motor head but enjoyed my time looking at their collection.  It’s definitely a place to visit if you enjoy looking at old cars.  I snapped many pics and thought this one in black & white with a little noise worked well.

Age

Last week when I traveled through South Whitley, looking for picture opportunities I came across this old beat up car at a local service store.  The car was a dark ugly color and definitely wouldn’t make for a good “color” pic.

Using my 35mm summicron, I was able to easily blur the background and focus in on the car (that’s why I love Leica lenses).  Converting the image to black and white using Nik Software Silver Efex Pro 2 allowed me to bring more detail out in the car and made for a better pic.