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Stairway to the Clounds

By RayFids  
This was shot on Blackfriars bridge in London. I had seen the stairway and hoped a cloud would drift across to complete the image. I was lucky. The processing into B&W was done in Lightroom3.

Thanks for your time.

Tags: Architecture Black and white

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9 1.6k 574 United Kingdom
20 Dec 2011 12:42PM

there are some interesting shapes within the subject structure, for me mainly in the left side lattice part, but the composition is biased to the tower in the centre leaving a heavy mass in semi darkness on the left without anything to add balance on the right side

a few little problems here i think, one of the main ones, is that the lighting is pretty flat and i suspect on the other side of the structure. exposing for the semi flat lighting has left the cloud on centre a little too bright.

the structure on the left is apparantly leaning to the centre whilst the tower is vertical suggesting a low view point.

given this situation, id suggest moving a little to the right if possible, and tilting the camera to give a deliberate diagonal line across bottom right to top left corners which would make more of the lattice and balance the composition better. additionally i think given the new composition you would be able to dodge some light back into the structure to give just a bit more contrast as the original mono conversion is lacking any real punch and isnt really distributing a full range of tones across the whole image, just in localised spots like the cloud and strips between flights of steps.

hope this helps

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paulbroad Plus
10 123 1218 United Kingdom
21 Dec 2011 8:27AM
It is quite difficult to tell the stairway is what it is. As said, a bit dark and heavy I think without a prime subject. A silhouette of my standard person up on the roof top perhaps.

fentiger Plus
16 918 24 England
21 Dec 2011 9:41AM
I felt the shadow detail needed to be brought out which i have done in my mod, I have also tried to correct the converging verticals.

SueEley Plus
11 279 96 Wales
21 Dec 2011 6:31PM
Working with what is there, in my mod I made the shot more contrasty and then added some blur, but took this back out on the stairs. Probably a bit OTT (especially as you had already put a vignette in!) but it leaves the point of focus of attention in no doubt (if there way any!) and (at least for me) increases the atmosphere.

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