Three weeks ago I made my first steps with NIK's Silver Efex Pro (click the tag "NIK software" below to see my earlier posts). Yesterday I downloaded the new version Silver Efex Pro 2, and of course, started working with it immediately. More presets, more sliders, more ways to give your image the look you have in mind. A powerhouse for B&W photography!
This picture of "Old Number 6" was taken during our last year's vacation tour through the Cascade Mountain range in Washington. This steam locomotive is located in Newhalem along the North Cascade Highway. "No. 6" carried supplies and equipment to built the dams and powerhouses for the Skagit River Hydro-electric project, which supplies the City of Seattle with low cost electricity. The steam engine was used until 1954 and has been restored to operating conditions in the 1970's by the "Skagit River Railway Volunteers".
I used a sepia tone for this picture because I believe this style harmonizes with the subject and reflects the age of that wonderful looking "No. 6" very well.