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Selfridges in Mono

By DicksPics
Two images of the Selfridges Building in Birmingham.
V1 is another mono experiment; V2 is the original with no processing apart from cropping.
It was originally a RAW file, processed in Lightroom, saved as a Tiff file and finished off in PS5 before reducing the file size and saving as a jpeg for upload.
I have uploaded a version of this previously but I wanted to see how it would work in mono.
Many, many thanks for all views, votes, modifications and incredibly helpful and supportive comments on my 'Badger' upload!Smile
It is so good that EPZers take the time to share their vast knowledge with other members - I am most grateful!SmileSmile
This will be my last upload for a week or so as we're off to find some sun early next week!Smile
Have a good week.


Tags: Architecture Birmingham Black and white Digitally manipulated Selfridges

Voters: andylea, 213hardy, Kwosimodo and 71 more

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andylea 11 37 1 United Kingdom
31 May 2014 7:24PM
looks really good in mono richard but love it in colour too two crackers nice ones Wink

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LynneJoyce Plus
11 22 101 United Kingdom
31 May 2014 7:36PM
V2 for me, much more moody.
31 May 2014 7:38PM
two great images. V1 for me.
this building would actually make me go to Birmingham one day. Wink
ColleenA Plus
7 441 6 Australia
31 May 2014 7:46PM
I love the mono...but both excellent
tomcat 14 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
31 May 2014 7:53PM
The guy who set out the fixing points for the dishes is a work colleague of mine these days

fazzer 10 54 7 United Kingdom
31 May 2014 8:00PM
Great image, nicely composed with great light on the spheres's a close call but I think v2 is my fave
Regards Jeremy Smile
dark_lord Plus
15 2.4k 607 England
31 May 2014 8:06PM
The colour version looks slightly flat tonally, and a boost using Curves would sort that.

However, as your main image is in mono I took your colour version and made a mono from that. I used Image > Adjustments > Black and White, reducing the blue component quite a bit to darken the sky. Moving the cyan slider caused some posterisation so I left that as was - working on your Tiff image or even the original RAW file would yield a smoother result as there's more information in the file.
Because the rest of th eimage is grey, the other adjustment sliders had negligible or no effect.
I then used quite a strong curves adjustment to realy boost the contrast.

There are many different personal preferences and interpretations that can be created in mono, you just have to find one you like Smile

banehawi Plus
15 2.2k 4066 Canada
31 May 2014 8:15PM
This place makes a great image.


bobsblues 10 10 2 United Kingdom
31 May 2014 8:17PM
Nice work Richard edging towards V2 good stuff mate
Rob ps bring some sunshine back pleaseTongue
31 May 2014 8:27PM
Works beautifully as an abstract image , Richard ! - I prefer the colour one ! SmileSmileSmile --- Jukka.
31 May 2014 8:37PM
Great abstracts, Richard. v1 is my fave. I like your mono pp. The mods are also worth noting.

31 May 2014 9:14PM
V2 for me Richard,
31 May 2014 9:16PM
Great shots Richard. Enjoy the sun and have a lovely break. Cathy
RonnieAG Plus
10 154 119 Scotland
31 May 2014 9:29PM
Whilst your mono works very well I do prefer the colour version as there seems to be more 'depth' from the increased light and shade.
I see that Keith felt the colour version was rather flat tonally.......perhaps so, but to me your B and W version seems even flatter.
31 May 2014 9:35PM
V2 for Richard. It is a great building. Looks great against the blue sky GrinGrin

Nikonuser1 Plus
7 161 16 United Kingdom
31 May 2014 9:45PM
A great capture Richard, again some very good advice and modsSmile

31 May 2014 9:50PM
A really great place to visit, and a super one to photograph, I like them both, but I think V1 just has the edge.

Patty Grin
ddolfelin Plus
8 103 3 Wales
31 May 2014 10:24PM
Fine pictures - enjoy your break, Richard.
capto Plus
7 6.0k 13 United Kingdom
31 May 2014 10:27PM
Works well in mono.Smile

Two excellent images. I do like both versions, a very interesting building to photograph. Smile
31 May 2014 11:35PM
V2 for me

mikbee 12 3 8 Scotland
1 Jun 2014 1:11AM
Prefer the shapes against the blue sky Richard.
Good shot.
taggart Plus
15 47 14 United States
1 Jun 2014 1:24AM
Wish I had something like this to play with!
CarolG 13 199 20 Greece
1 Jun 2014 5:44AM
This building lends itself for great abstract images, Richard, as you have proved here. Carol
SimonFletch 6 3 2 Scotland
1 Jun 2014 6:29AM
I wonder how many versions of this iconic building there are on the 'net?
I haven't seen one from quite this angle, so well done for that, Richard.
V2 has the edge, for me, I prefer my 'pimples' in colour...!
Have a good break.

nonur 11 18 13 Turkey
1 Jun 2014 7:06AM
I like the mono quite a lot, but I like the see the clouds in colour too. However I would have the mono version printed, Richard.
Enjoy your sunny week!
1 Jun 2014 9:20AM
both work for me Richard its a great design for sure a wee mod uploaded

mistere Plus
6 4 3 England
1 Jun 2014 11:49AM
2 great images Richard, still not sure if i like this building, always makes me think of a
giant pin cushion. It is great for abstract images though and yours are excellent.

rayme330 8 17 1 United Kingdom
1 Jun 2014 12:19PM
Looks superb in mono, Richard.

Enjoy your break.

Irishkate Plus
9 41 116 United Kingdom
1 Jun 2014 12:41PM
What a lot of different ways to process your image!
Of your own I preferred V2. banehawi has made a lovely job of the colour version
and it's almost impossible to choose between the mono versions!
These mods along with your own versions prove how important it is to learn more about processing.
Kate GrinGrinGrin
TrevBatWCC Plus
11 13 13 England
1 Jun 2014 1:22PM
Great composition and capture, Richard Smile Maybe a tweak more contrast as mentioned above, but the mono still works for me and is my fave of the two Wink
Trev Smile
Jasper87 Plus
9 2.3k 158 England
1 Jun 2014 2:42PM
One of those images you could have hours of fun with in photoshop, Richard. Mono for me.

1 Jun 2014 6:09PM
Many thanks for all views, votes and helpful and supportive comments on this and yesterday's upload!Smile
Thanks, also, for the many modifications - it's so good to see the different ways an image can be developed.
I am really, really grateful!
JuBarney Plus
8 33 4 United Kingdom
1 Jun 2014 6:19PM
It is such an interesting subject & looks good in mono but prefer the colour.
ali63 7 785 1 United Kingdom
1 Jun 2014 8:26PM
Lovely image,Have a good trip,

1 Jun 2014 8:40PM
I like both version Richard, great composition..Lin
1 Jun 2014 9:19PM
Fabulous capture Richard with colour version to be my favorite!
helenlinda Plus
12 366 22 United Kingdom
1 Jun 2014 10:58PM
Makes me proud to be a Brummie SmileSmileSmileSmile
Nice one Richard - and here the mono works best for me
Enjoy your break
Chinga Plus
9 3 1 United Kingdom
2 Jun 2014 5:06AM
How talented you are to come up with this! An inspiriing shot...
Mike_Smith Plus
12 610 1 United Kingdom
2 Jun 2014 7:07PM
For me its the perfect image to turn to a mono, quite an interesting shot
janlea 7 3 United Kingdom
2 Jun 2014 7:47PM
Two great images Richard with V2 being my favourite Smile
senn 8 5 1 Belgium
3 Jun 2014 1:43PM
impressive capture Richard, .. I like a bit more V2 but V1 is better exposed
3 Jun 2014 3:16PM
two great images. V1 for me
3 Jun 2014 9:55PM
A very strange building... I'd need to see it in its context ( i.e. as a piece of architecture ) to decide whether I actually like it. I think your photograph is a good one though, and I've a slight preference for the colour version.

5 Jun 2014 11:46PM
Great Architectural abstracts Richard, like both versions
ukgubbi 8 5 India
6 Jun 2014 1:35AM
Great set. Love both versions.
kel55 7 8 United Kingdom
15 Jun 2014 10:39AM
Great shot Richard , amazing building , v1 for me all day , tones work so much better , this building would work really well with a long exposure with some blur clouds I think , very nice shot .


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