The Bookshelf

This is from Fonthill, Henry Mercer’s dream home.  It is a very tight space overlooking a spacious room. A balcony if you will, with a railing that I’m leaning against.  There is a large window just off to the right, illuminating the edges of the books and floor.  This is what I wanted to bring out in my processing, the light.  Nik’s Silver Efex Pro 2.0 is truly an amazing tool for this type of work.  That said, I also love B&W Effects from Topaz and created the alternate faded color version below.  Neither is better than the other, just different.   Let me know if its time to do a video tutorial on Silver Efex Pro?  This image might be a good choice for that.  And remember to check out the discount page for discounts on the software I use.


This entry was posted in B&W, Fonthill, Nik Silver Efex, Topaz B&W Effects.


  1. charlie curry June 5, 2012 at 2:18 pm #

    Would love a video on how you made these images. I assume you use a wide-angle lens, Tripod. Max f stop. ISO 100. Focused 1/3 into the image using manuel focus.

    • john8276 June 5, 2012 at 2:36 pm #

      Yes Charlie, I used a tripod and f/22 focusing 1/3 of the way into the scene. I was a 16mm on a full frame camera. ISO200 I think…

  2. John Heise June 5, 2012 at 3:24 pm #

    JB , I have both software, but the sliders sometimes frustrate me. I vote yes on a tutorial.
    Oh the picture, I like the B/W.

  3. John Heise June 5, 2012 at 7:40 pm #

    On the Silver Efex.
    Brightness, contrast and structure are pretty straight forward, but highlights and midtones, I just leave them be.

  4. Denise Bush June 6, 2012 at 3:39 pm #

    WONDERFUL image and authentic to the place. Hope I got some that look half that good! Think my preference is the color one that shows off all the faded colors of the old book bindings.

  5. Brohammas June 6, 2012 at 4:30 pm #

    I looked real hard and couldn’t find any, yet my mind is convinced I see cobwebs.

  6. MWS June 7, 2012 at 1:22 pm #

    Yes please on the video

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