Tool Of The Trade

An outtake from last week’s portrait session with a volunteer firefighter.

I was shooting big files so that they could reproduce well in print. I was able to crop a larger image down and focus on this aspect of it.

Next time, though, I need to remind myself to shoot details like this on their own. Give them a life of their own, rather than just finding them on a crop.

I finished the above image using Nik’s Color Efex Pro > Tonal Contrast, one of my favorite filters to bring out sharpness, detail and color.

I also tried in in B&W, using Nik’s Silver EFex Pro > High Structure filter.

I’d be interested to hear which you prefer – color or B&W?

© Mark V. Krajnak 2011 | JerseyStyle Photography | All rights Reserved
Unless otherwise noted, images captured with a Canon 50D, SanDisk digital film, finished with PS4 or PSE6 and Nik Software.

3 thoughts on “Tool Of The Trade

  1. I’m always naturally inclined to convert straight to B&W. And while this shot looks fantastic in B&W, I’m going to have to go with the former. That ax head is just incredible with it’s battle scars and dynamite red coloring.

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