Fun with Silver Efex - what are your favorite settings?

Discussion in 'Black and White' started by pniev, Mar 28, 2013.

  1. pniev

    pniev Guest

    I had some time available so I tried a few Nik Silver Efex settings on some X20 shots. I am amazed by the options available. Here are few I tried. Although I prefer the Fine Art process for most shots, sometimes using the Dynamix mode works better. What are your ideal settings?

    Dynamic harsh - blue filter:

    View attachment 11321
    DSCF0104-BW.jpg by Peter Nievaart, on Flickr

    View attachment 11322
    DSCF0148-BW.jpg by Peter Nievaart, on Flickr

    In other situations, the red filter worked better:

    View attachment 11323
    DSCF0129-BW.jpg by Peter Nievaart, on Flickr

    And Fine Art process:

    View attachment 11324
    DSCF0106-BW.jpg by Peter Nievaart, on Flickr
  2. Armanius

    Armanius FujiXspot Top Veteran

    Feb 1, 2013
    Nice photos Peter!
  3. spinyman

    spinyman FujiXspot Veteran

    Feb 13, 2013
    Valley Center,CA.
    Fantastic look here,all of them.I bought the Nic software a couple of days ago and haven't been able to come up with presets I prefer over what I've worked out on my own.I'm sure I will need A LOT more time to master it.I wish they were accessed directly in Lightroom rather than through the top menu.
  4. afkenner

    afkenner FujiXspot Regular

    Feb 3, 2013
    New York
    I just had the same thought yesterday. Since NIK has a suggested workflow, each of those different NIK tools should be able to be added as panels in the LR develop module. Now you have to "Edit In" several times to follow their workflow, and that feels clunky after just one time.
  5. pniev

    pniev Guest

    If you right-click on the photo you should see 'edit in' in the popup menu. There you should be able to select The Nik app. Well, at least on the mac.
  6. afkenner

    afkenner FujiXspot Regular

    Feb 3, 2013
    New York
    When you first posted that shot of the trunk, I immediately pictured it in B&W, looking pretty much exactly as you have processed it here. NICE!!!
  7. CaptZoom

    CaptZoom FujiXspot Regular

    Mar 22, 2013
    Fabulous photos and excellent post processing work. I rarely use the presets. I have one custom made one, which the neutral with no grain. It's always my starting point. I then process each file according to my whims of the moment:)
  8. Frenchman

    Frenchman FujiXspot Regular

    Feb 24, 2013
    Did the pictures move somewhere else? I am looking for inspirations to learn to process B&W.
  9. CaptZoom

    CaptZoom FujiXspot Regular

    Mar 22, 2013
    Every few months, I buy a copy of BW magazine. It's a bit pricey for a magazine, but the photography within it is pretty good.

    Try to select one photo and try to reproduce it (capture and in post processing). You'll pick up some new skills.

    We're all different. I rarely look critically at images online. For me, I have to see images in print. I often find inspiration by visiting museums, and/or reading about art and artists, art movements, etc.

    I'm sure some one will be along soon and point you to some sites featuring bw work.
  10. Christilou

    Christilou FujiXspot Veteran

    Feb 1, 2013
  11. pniev

    pniev FujiXspot Veteran

    May 13, 2013
    Very nice shot!
  12. Dacalac

    Dacalac FujiXspot Veteran

    May 1, 2013
    Los Angeles, CA
    Lovely! Which settings/film types do you enjoy using?