I wanted to do one more trial of the Nik Software, Silver Efex Pro, and got a chance to try yet another different type of photo with this image. This is a single photo from a rapid fire set of pictures taken as this hawk took off from a fence post and flew into the sky. I was very glad to have caught him and his prey, the snake dangling from his talons. I saw him sitting on the post by the side of the road and quickly pulled a u-turn and parked, grabbing my camera. I walked up the road towards him and had just entered a decent photograph range when he took off. I had pretty decent luck tracking him as he flew at an angle towards me and another perch. I liked this shot the best, but was a bit stymied by the blah blue sky. When I put the image into Silver Efex Pro, though, I used one of the colored filters to decrease the luminance and make it more interesting. I didn’t like how the hawk looked, though, so I masked a slightly desaturated and sharpened version of him into the photo from the original layer. After all that, all I needed to do was denoise the sky, and I used a strong version of Topaz Denoise and some masking to accomplish that. I tried to use Noiseware Professional and it wouldn’t touch the sky noise… sigh. I really am starting to think that Topaz DeNoise is better for my artwork. Oh well, it’s only money, right? Right??
Final thoughts on Silver Efex Pro- I’m still on the fence about the cost, but I absolutely like the simple way it brings a great black and white look to my photos. I mess with the sliders almost every time I put an image through it, so I still feel like I’m creating a unique artwork. But the software is great. I just need some money coming in to be able to convince myself that I can put money out for more photo software.
“My Bad”- I called Topaz DeNoise “Topaz Define” in yesterday’s post. Whoops. AND I didn’t include links to my websites. All that has been rectified, but I’ll hang my head in shame for a bit, if you would like.
Speaking of, this particular image is posted to my Animals gallery, at www.kelleybard.com/animals. Enjoy all my work at that site!