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The Church In The Old Town Of Harfleur, France

By admphotography    
Picture of the old church in Harfleur, France, Ive edited it in photoshop cc to get it black and white and added a little sepia tone into the water using filters i have also uploaded the color version and the unedited version

Tags: Sky France Street Nature River Church Town Water Old Urban Tower Landmark Architecture Religion Houses Black and white Buildings History Historic Stream Tourism Spire Normandie Vegetation Homes Worship Harfleur

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paulbroad 12 131 1289 United Kingdom
18 Sep 2017 9:06AM
A pleasant scene, but why sepia in the bottom half and not the top. It does look a bit strange and not something I would consider. f20 is not needed and your lens will not be at it's best - f8 would be quite enough.


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banehawi Plus
16 2.2k 4140 Canada
18 Sep 2017 1:37PM
It looks to me that the toning of the mon has left it quite dull, it lost a lot of brightness, so I wounder how you apply the sepia.

The original is decent, bit as Paul mentions, f/20 is putting the lens at such a short focal length (18mm) into diffraction territory where it loses a lot of sharpness. Hence the suggestion to use f/8. I would recommend you dont use smaller than f/11 at any time at 18mm.

The colour mod is better, perhaps a bit too colourful considering the original scene?

I used the original for mods. The lens at 18mm has significant and noticeable barrel distortion (tends to have curved edges), as well at the converging verticals. I addressed these areas first, thenthe white balance which has rendered the original less warm that you would expect in sunshine, then sharpness.

A zoom lens with this range will be one designed with a lot of compromises, and will perform ok through the range, but never excell, which is the downside of most super zoom lenses.

Two mods, a colour, then a straight mono conversion with a very light sepia over the entire image.

See what you think.


dudler Plus
16 1.2k 1669 England
18 Sep 2017 1:41PM
I also worked from the original.

Sepia is a good idea - and so is correcting the verticals a little.

I then made repeated attempts at sepia conversion with a little less shadow i nthe dark midtones on the right.
pamelajean Plus
14 1.3k 2143 United Kingdom
18 Sep 2017 7:57PM
When I saw your edited colour original, Andrew, I wondered why you chose to convert this to mono.
The different stone colours are very subtle, but more alive. In fact, it's the buildings' differing hues that separate them so nicely, unlike in the mono.

dark_lord Plus
16 2.6k 678 England
18 Sep 2017 9:19PM
Your original processed colour verson is a fair image. Colour balance on the cool side - it's taken in sun so use Daylight white balance rather than relying on Auto. When you process in Photoshop if you open the image in Camera RAW you can easily adjust the whit balance even if you shot in jpg. A little warmth ois more appealing, unless you're after a cold effect.
You can also apply lens corrections, eithe in Camera RAW or from within Photoshop itself.
Converging verticals can be adjusted using the tools in the Transform menu.

Mono images work well with shapes and lines and textures. On top of that, you need good tonal separation which means your chosen conersion method has a large effect on the result (it'd be good to know which method you used) an you want to avoid something that is just a mass of mid tones which produces a muddy look. Toning on top of that can further reduce contrast which doesn't help, so you will often need to make some contrast adjustments at each stage.

You need to ask does the end product result in an enhanced viewer experience over the colour version. If not, is it that different processing can do that, or is it the case that colour is best and mono won't be so attractive? Sometimes you may not know until you try.

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