This image had so much potential or so I thought while shooting it but when I got it back on the screen it felt a little flat so as part of my usual workflow I left it behind in the second round. I really like the composition with the cloud and road almost about to whirlpool into the horizon.

Whit my new found interest in Black and White images I selected this one and began to process it through my B&W workflow which is round tripping the image from Lightroom into Photoshop with the Nic Software Silver Efex Pro plugin which is most definitely my new toy at the moment. The plugin offers so much control over everything black and white and is infinitely more detailed than any other B&W conversion software I’ve used.

The Giles Track is a road I travel down every week and I always make sure that I pull up and let the crew jump out to get a few snaps and play in the sand for a while. The Track itself is a short cut from Luritja Rd which is the access road for Kings Canyon and the Stuart Highway which is the only North – South highway in the centre of Australia. It streatches a distance of 100km and covers many different environmental systems from red sand dunes through gibber plains to the unknown and unphotographed James Ranges.

Giles Track, Central Deserts of Australia
Northern Territory


Camera Info

Canon 5D MKII
Canon 24-70 f/2.8L USM at 24mm
1/125 sec at f/18
ISO 400
Exposure Bias 0 EV
Exposure Program – Manual
Metering Mode – Centre Weighted Average
Dimensions – 5616 × 3744

Post Processing in Photoshop CS3
- NiK Software Silver Efex Pro 3, B&W Conversion


  • Chris Clark
    Chris Clarkabout 6 years ago

    stunning b&w landscape photography Steve……………………love all the varying tones with the highs and lows and great DOF

  • Neil
    Neilabout 6 years ago

    Nice one in B&W Steve, I can imagine the colours though!

  • Hicksy
    Hicksyabout 6 years ago

    Great shot Steve sky looks cool!

  • Yeah mate the darker shy was blue the clouds are white it has so much better detail than the colour

    – Steven Pearce

  • GailD
    GailDabout 6 years ago

    Come up well. Great.

  • Matt Penfold
    Matt Penfoldabout 6 years ago

    You’re right Steve, it really works well in B&W, great tonal balance.

  • Béla Török
    Béla Törökabout 6 years ago

    Great work, Steve!

  • judecowell
    judecowellabout 6 years ago

    if you say so – i can imagine that the mood is more affecting in b&w. the bushes almost look staged which gives it an eery feeling…and i like the weather looking as if it’s on the verge of turning.

  • Vimm
    Vimmabout 6 years ago

    these black and white shots make me think of the movie natural born killers, where mickey escapes. cool shots

  • Qba from Poland
    Qba from Polandabout 6 years ago

    Very nice composition and light.

  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...about 6 years ago

    stunning b/w

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