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The view

By devlin
Just moved into my apartment and this the view from the balcony, thought id try some more tone mapping...once i get my tripod iam going to try some HDR on this. preferably try and take some shots in the night as well from downstairs. Iam a little unsure on the composition i think it works at a certain level but not too sure.

V2 is the mono conversion, used a yellow filter on this one.

Feedback as always is welcome

Tags: General Architecture Black and white Digitally manipulated

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Jocelia 9 2 1 Australia
1 May 2012 1:14AM
Hey, good view and capture here. The cloud formation is good, try to bring out the colours
in the sky………Have fun and good luck……….Jocelia
banehawi Plus
16 2.3k 4177 Canada
1 May 2012 1:22AM
I like the shot. The collection of different styles of buildings is very interesting, lots for the eye to wander around.

The tone mapping is well done. When I switch between the two, what jumps out right away is that the colour version looks soft here, - so I know its a re sizing loss of detail (uploaded sharpened mod).

The mono works for me too, though I think when you get set up with the tripod you will get some really good colour shots, especially at night. Theres also the opportunity with the mono version to experiment with the sky, getting a ark and moody look that can work too.

Good work,


charlotte 16 34 2 United Kingdom
1 May 2012 3:59AM
It's the B&W image for me. Fantastic tones which work really well with this shot. Top stuff!

paulbroad 13 131 1290 United Kingdom
1 May 2012 7:22AM
Both quite good but looks HDR, even if it isn't. That slight flatness that HDr brings - almost always seems to me to be that bit un-natural.

tonyguitar 8 77 37 Canada
1 May 2012 7:28AM
Odd how Charlotte and I have opposite opinions. The colour version is somewhat pastel and seems perfect. I assure you the composition is just right as well. The B&W is technically good, but for me the featured buildings are too modern for B&W. Just a personal preference I guess. Image one is a winner! TG
NDODS 10 5.2k 127 United Kingdom
1 May 2012 7:42AM
I much prefer the colour version, simply because I think you have a bag full of options when converting to HDR when using monochrome. Still two crackers.

Regards Nathan
Jasper87 Plus
10 2.6k 158 England
1 May 2012 9:42AM
The composition works fine for me, I was immediately drawn to the clock tower then followed the road around and up the middle. The only slight niggle is the phone mast on the top of the right side tower block. It stops the eye from sweeping across the top part of the image (reduce by half??). I do prefer the colour version as the image is quite busy and the colour seems to help separate the information.

Sooty_1 10 1.5k 221 United Kingdom
1 May 2012 9:52AM
The composition works for me, I would just like to see the mast not so close to the edge of the frame. I see you used your zoom as wide as it will go, but I would love to see a slightly wider view, with the same essential arrangement.

The colour version works better for me, as B&W tonemapped leads to a lot of similar toned areas. The best thing about B&W is the contrast and graphic nature you can get. If you tonemap it all out, all the buildings are the same tone and become visually uninteresting.

devlin Plus
10 653 39 India
2 May 2012 11:09AM
Cheers guys thanks for all the feedback, much appreciated....Smile, on the mast and space between it and the frame the original had no issues with it but since i am pretty shocking at getting my verticals correct when iam taking shots handheld so hence lost out the space on the top when i corrected this maybe a compromise would have been to shorten it a bit

Nick - Thanks for the tip on tonemapping vs how it plays out in mono...not sure i completely understood it but will do some more research Smile


DRicherby 12 269 726 United Kingdom
4 May 2012 10:08AM
To get the verticals (nearly) correct in the camera, use the autofocus points as a guide. Line up the column of them that goes through the centre against a true vertical and then move the camera to get the composition you want. The reason for using the centre ones is that a vertical line through the centre will remain vertical when you tilt the camera up or down -- if you use an off-centre vertical in the viewfinder, you might be aligning not against true vertical but against a line that's angled by being in receding perspective.

Also, why HDR? The purpose of HDR is to take a scene whose contrast is too high to represent in an image and reduce that contrast until it can be displayed on screen. Here, the range of contrast looks well within the capabilities of your camera's sensor -- so why do you want to reduce it? HDR may be useful for night shots, where the bright lights are vastly brighter than the darker areas. But this shot was already a low-contrast image and tone-mapping has reduced the contrast even more.

devlin Plus
10 653 39 India
5 May 2012 10:38AM
Thanks Dave, there really is no logic to this right now, i was trying to create something different with a bit of interest as compared to the original Smile i will give the HDR a try on the night shots and see where we get...i tried something last night but it seems to have been a bit too noisy for me ...trying to come to grips with that one.....

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