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By marktc  
An effect that I have been meaning to have a go at since Walter (Gajewski) suggested it... Solarisation, combined with the long exposure, gives a great effect. Not something that I would normally try but we do have to step out of the box sometimes eh!

V2 a closer crop (which I think is actually my favourite).

Thanks as always to all those that c and c'd on yesterday's upload. Much appreciated!

Update: I've uploaded the original used for the conversion. As you can se it was a very dull, grey and very cold day with 100% cloud cover, which is sort of what I wanted, just needed more sea! Hope that helps Dave

Tags: Landscape Landscape and travel Bridgescape

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CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
26 Jan 2013 5:52AM
Very effective result, Mark, and I think V.2 is my favourite, too. Carol

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gajewski Plus
13 10 9 United States
26 Jan 2013 6:42AM
V2 for me as well Mark. I'm glad you stepped out of your comfort zone. As you know, solarisation can be a tricky process that works for only certain images. I think it works well here -- giving a strange dream-like glow.
26 Jan 2013 6:45AM
An effective image, very well captured. V2 for me too.
Hermanus 5 4 South Africa
26 Jan 2013 6:46AM
This is an excellent result of your experiment Mark !! I love both images to be honest Smile
fazzer 8 54 7 United Kingdom
26 Jan 2013 6:47AM
Beautiful shot ,great range of tones ,can't decide which version(edging towards v2) Smile
Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
26 Jan 2013 8:24AM
The solarisation gives a bit of a mottled effect to the clouds, would be interesting to see non-solarised versions alongside. I'm probably leaning towards v1 for the crop, did you try less of a crop with the horizon on the bottom third?

martspic66 5 2 2 United Kingdom
26 Jan 2013 9:04AM
I like this image, lovely contrast, excellent use of shutter speed. Prefer the mono versions but would lose some more of the lower part of the image, the large mass of black, or even work at bringing some of the detail of the foreground out? Nice though! Wink

Nikonuser1 Plus
5 151 16 United Kingdom
26 Jan 2013 9:15AM
Great image. v2 for me.Smile

andylea 9 37 1 United Kingdom
26 Jan 2013 9:18AM
brilliant tones and light mark v1 just nicks it for me today a cracking mono nice one Wink
capto Plus
6 5.1k 8 United Kingdom
26 Jan 2013 9:57AM
V2 for me. You have done well to get something from such a challenging original image.Smile

jasonrwl Plus
8 1.1k 10 United Kingdom
26 Jan 2013 9:58AM
The effect works extremely well Mark - must give that a go some time. Can't make my mind up between v1 and v2 - both excellent.
Irishkate Plus
7 41 114 United Kingdom
26 Jan 2013 11:07AM
Your original image V3 has more detail in the f/g but the solarised versions
add interest to the sky and make great monos. V2 does have the edge I think
with nicely balanced light on both sides.
Worth doing more of these Mark.
26 Jan 2013 1:45PM
Mark, v1 works very well for me.......a fantastic mix of tones producing dramatic detail. I've always said some shots are just right for mono and this is one of them......nice work mate. I some how now think when looking at an image that the colour can be very pleasing but letting the artistic side of us come out in processing can make for a truly stunning image...........just as you have shown here.

alistairfarrugia 5 164 88 Malta
26 Jan 2013 2:53PM
Firstly, well done on the end result. It's a great image. I do have some comments to make though, so I will combine in my comment a lot of what the others said, as it tallies with what I think could be done better here, plus I'll add my 2 cents worth.

First off, the black land-part in the foreground - I agree that you need to lift the shadows a bit to recover some details there as it will only help give the image more context.

Secondly, I think both mono-versions are a bit over-sharpened, I can see over-sharpening halos along the arches of the bridge for instance - they don't show up that much in the original. If you tone down your sharpness, you don't lose much as the image's strength doesn't lie in how detailed it is, but rather on the effect you have put and the mood you created.

Finally, I think V1 is my favourite, as it gives more space to the sky and the change of colour that takes place there, and it also places the horizon on the lower third. V2's horizon is a bit too central for my liking.

As I said, just my 2 cents worth, image is still great regardless of my critique, well done!
AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
26 Jan 2013 3:12PM
I really can't decide between v1 and v2 Mark as they're both excellently processed. Is this Southampton - and if so, St Mary's Church on the horizon? (I was married there many years ago - the first time round!!! SmileSmile)
Chinga Plus
7 3 1 United Kingdom
26 Jan 2013 11:35PM
Very good! Grin
5 Feb 2013 8:23PM
stunning image very nicely done
ollimar71 8 2 1 United Kingdom
25 Apr 2013 8:18PM
A great result. The original looks so dull - had it been mine I would have given up on it (and I would have been wrong to), but you've achieved a great B&W conversion from it. For me the solarisation is what makes it work - making the image really strong and full of dramatic contrast.
As far as the crop is concerned - both versions have their own interpretation and work just as well. V1 gives me lots of impressive sky. V2 gives me the powerful expanse of the bridge. It really depends on what works for you and to judge from the title you wanted the bridge to stand out Smile
Nice one - well seen and well processed Smile
8 Jul 2013 3:12PM
Fantastic Mark, The fact that you have converted it into b/w works in its favour this really does help with the dramatic looing light and darks of the image this is what b/w photography is all about moods!

Love that expanse of bridge running across the image and those low perspectives and angles are well thought out, the contrasts that the concrete gives set against that fantastic looking sky makes a great focal point, the sky itself is an image all on its own, it have movement, power and give the eye something to go beyond the bridge this is reflected in the river as well giving the image sort of layers of light and dark, and the fact that the long exposure has been applied brings the image above the norm and makes it something different and special, if it were in colour there would be no real impact in my eyes as much as the b/w offers!


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