How to Get this Type of Shot: A landscape image of a perfectly calm lake and shoreline reflecting the late afternoon sky, converted to an “old fashioned” looking duo-tone.
- The key to this shot is the weather conditions. You’ll need to shoot on a day with almost no wind so the water is mirror like and perfectly reflects the sky. I waited several hours before the conditions for this shot were perfect.
- Again, a good sturdy tripod is a must in a situation like this, since any camera shake will ruin the effect. Another very important accessory is a bubble level. The human brain is very sensitive to horizontal lines and if your image is not perfectly level, people will notice. I used a bubble level for this shot but still had to do some final corrections in Lightroom.
- Correct exposure is critical in an image like this, especially since any digital noise found in your raw image will be magnified when converted to black & white. I bracketed several exposures of this scene before I got a good balance between bright whites and dark blacks. In B&W photography, contrast is King!
- The final key to this type of “Antique Plate” looking image is the black & white / duo-tone conversion. There are probably 20 different Photoshop and Lightroom techniques that could accomplish this but I’ve found Nik Software’s Silver Efex Pro plug-in to work much better than I ever could in PS or LR.