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London Big Ben

By Erwan
Photo taken as I walked out of the underground

Tags: Street photography Photo journalism Black and white Digitally manipulated

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I'm afraid you've caught me on two of my personal bug-bears: spot colour and misnaming the Clock Tower (Big Ben is the bell inside). I've never been a fan of converting a shot to black and white and then selectively adding colour back in - I can't tell you why, it's just a personal preference, much as I dislike overly-processed HDR portraits.

As for the shot itself, it's ok, although I can't tell properly if the clock tower is in focus as much as it should be, and I'd crop the bottom so the picture isn't so stretched and you don't see the tips of other parts of Westminster.

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gingerdelight 11 298 11 United Kingdom
5 Aug 2009 4:36PM
Hello and welcome to EPZ, I hope you will enjoy your time here! I see you are using the same camera as myself, which does tend to sometimes throw things a little out of focus. That said, I really like this shot, and I also like the spot of colour. My only suggestion is, as stated above, to crop the bottom of the picture to get rid of the tops of the other buildings. Good picture!
x Carol x
RachelMB 12 42 10 England
5 Aug 2009 4:43PM
This is a good shot, and I'm going to disagree with closelyobserved about the selective colouring - I quite like it, I think it works really well - so that's just a matter of personal preference more than anything.

I like the angle and the composition, the tones are nice too. I think this could be improved if you had included the very top of the tower and the side of the sign in.
I've done a quick mod of this. I cloned out the small buildings at the bottom because I wasn't sure about the crop. I also tweaked the midtone contrast slightly. I'm not sure how much of an improvement this is on the original but I thought I'd have a go. Smile
5 Aug 2009 7:20PM
hey thought i reconised this and a great effort too
mine i did at night but it gives it a nice feel with abit of light around
well done you
gets my vote
SueEley 12 279 96 Wales
5 Aug 2009 9:11PM
Good idea. I always try to remember to add a bit on to the main subject round the sides when I frame a shot, and also to check round the edges for things that intrude or for bits getting to the edge. It's easier to get rid of stuff you don't want than add in extra space. I am also really wasteful and shoot several, all a bit different - maybe you did? It is always a shame if you get back from an unrepeatable trip/shot to find that you almost got the shot.... And this is almost fab, for me.
pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2016 United Kingdom
5 Aug 2009 9:33PM
Hello, Erwan. This is an interesting concept, and one that I have seen before. I personally like the selective colouring, but agree with Rachel about the tightness, the top of the tower and the left of the sign going out of the frame. There is a lot of noise in the image, and I feel it is quite dark. You don't give your camera settings so I can't help much there. In my modification, I brightened the image, increased the highlights, cloned out the buildings at the bottom, added canvas to the left and top, ran noise removal over it, added a touch of contrast and selectively sharpened the tower. My second mod has the coloured part of the underground sign sharpened as well.
Iain_Proudfoot 11 40 2 Ireland
6 Aug 2009 12:51PM
Great work.

Warm wishes, Iain.
NEWMANP 10 1.6k 574 United Kingdom
6 Aug 2009 2:21PM
i think this is an interesting and imaginative use of composition and links well known landmarks together.

im not over excited generally with colour popping as sometimes it looks really corny, but in this example i think its a pretty good choice, i also like the gritty, grainy effect in the mono which suggests old London in many ways.
the muted red scores for me over vivid cherry red.

contrary to others i like the buildings down on the base line and i wouldnt lose them under any circumstances, i would have liked to have seen even more of the buidings on the base line to the left of the sight post and may have been tempted to clone some in there. the subdued forms give depth, a base and link it to similar architecture in the distance, for me they are a vital tertiary element.

what i dont like about the shot is pretty obvious to all above in that there needs to be space around the sign for the subway and over the top of the clocktower pinicle. the crop is just too tight for me.

other wise a smashing shot.

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