For 14 years I had media access to the Seabreeze Jazz Festival. Starting in 1999 at the Lyceum in Seaside, FL, with only a few hundred jazz enthusiasts, the festival has grown to a five-day event drawing thousands each day. I was very fortunate to cover every year from 1999 until 2012.
Since going into retirement, I have been looking at those images and contemplating a retrospective on the festival. But I, until recently, could not really lock on to a method of presentation that would be a little different from the normal concert photo book.
Enter Nik's Photoshop plug-in Silver Efex Pro 2.
On a lark, I started playing with various presets in SFP2 just to see the effects. I did a variety of things. I worked with filters, changed structure, added noise, tried different film emulations, etc. But none seem to really click.
Then I tried preset #037 Pinhole.
I was working on an image of trumpeter Rick Braun sitting backstage while sax player Richard Elliott was wowing the crowd. I thought why not? So I clicked on the preset to see the effect. Wow, what a change! But it still was not quite right.
I added a red filter and played with the shadows slider and there it was! An old-school look to a digital image that really worked for me.
I am now working on a number of images from the 2012 festival for a gallery on my website and will then start pulling images from previous years for the retrospective.
It is actually a lot of fun to see the effects that this preset does and, with a little manipulation, how the final image comes across.
So, that being said, here is the Rick Braun/Richard Elliott image! I love the rim lighting around the drummer on the left and how it separates him from the dark background.
This effect has excited me and I am looking forward to editing images and finding the ones that work with the pinhole preset. I may have finally latched on to a look that works for me!
As always, make a comment!! Let me know what you think! Until next time, keep on shooting.....