Walking to work on pavements strewn with inspection covers, shadows and fallen autumn leaves.

Veering over a little towards the surreal perhaps, am I?  Starting to look a little bit alien or otherworldly?  Two thoughts come to mind.

First, that following advice I read long ago and have never forgotten, I believe in letting my (now mainly non-existent!) hair down with black and white: black and white is already one step removed from reality, and I like seeing it become even more unreal.  I’m not really into straight black and white representations of colour scenes, such as might be obtained for example simply by desaturating a colour image.  Silver Efex Pro 2 is a very welcome companion on these sometimes delirious flights of fancy.

Then second, with this Going To Work series, I’m trying to look at various approaches and techniques, with a completely open mind, ruling nothing out.

Earlier images from this series can be found here: 1, 2, 3, 45, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 1213, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 2324, 25, 26, 27, 28,  29, 30,  31,  32, 33  34  35  36 37  38 39 40 41 42 43 .  Each will open in a separate window.

Click onto the image to open a larger version in a separate window, and click onto that image to enlarge it further.

Technique: X-T1 with 55-200 Fujinon lens at 305mm (equiv); 400 ISO; Lightroom, using the Velvia/Vivid film simulation; Silver Efex Pro 2, starting at the Strong Infrared Low Contrast preset and adding a strong cyanotype tone; Broad Quay, central Bristol; 11 Nov 2016.


About Adrian Lewis
Photographer working in monochrome, colour and combinations of the two - with a great liking for many types of subject, including Minimalism, landscapes, abstracts, soft colour, people, movement, nature - I like to be adventurous in my photography, trying new ideas and working in many genres. And I'm fond of Full English Breakfasts and Duvel golden ale, though not necessarily together.

14 Responses to PEOPLE 310 – GOING TO WORK 44

  1. bluebrightly says:

    p.s. – I have Silver efex pro2 but don’t see anything like “Strong Infrared Low Contrast.” ??? The only infrared I’ve seen is in Color efex.


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      In SEP2, the preset list is top left and, you’re right, there’s no mention of any infrared presets. But, ages ago, probably when SEP2 was still a Nik Software product, it was possible to download a second set of presets from Nik, and the IR options are in those. The address was:

      Since Nik was acquired by Google, this link probably no longer exists, but you could try it. If it still works, get back to me and I’ll give you further info re importing the second preset set.

      I have a spreadsheet of these imports’ parameters. Would you be interested in this if I can simplify this spreadsheet? You could then apply the parameters, and save the results as custom presets in SEP2. A 🙂


      • bluebrightly says:

        Thank you, Adrian, for going to the trouble. You’re right, the link doesn’t work. If, in some spare moment, you are willing to fiddle with the spreadsheet, it would be interesting to see how the infrared look is achieved, and then save it as a preset. But please don’t feel obligated or trouble yourself! 🙂


        • Adrian Lewis says:

          Leave this with me, my friend >>> I have an idea of putting out a Talking Images post with the settings for most/all of these other SEP2 presets, so that users can, as you say, save them as their own presets >>> I’m putting a note in my (paper!!!) diary, which means that this will happen! 🙂 🙂 🙂


  2. bluebrightly says:

    Beautifully done in every way – from seeing to processing.


  3. Going To Work is, I think, my second favorite to The Levels. Maybe because I don’t go anymore. 😉
    The b&w is pleasing to the eye. Enjoy the weekend, bud.


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      My friend, thank you for your good words about Going To Work, they’re much appreciated – and GTW still has some way to run, assuming the elastic band inside my head doesn’t snap!!!. Like you, maybe I enjoy GTW because I’m no longer involved, and can stand back from it, stand back and look at it. You enjoy your weekend too, my friend. ATP xxxXXX!!!

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  4. Meanderer says:

    Love this: the tones, the long shadows, and the timeless and placeless quality.


  5. paula graham says:

    Attractive photo cause of the strong shadows, I do like the tones.


  6. Excellent, Adrian. Love the shadows and the leafs; and only legs in the frame; great in B&W.


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