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baclark 12 3.7k 24 United Kingdom
14 Jul 2009 9:15AM
I think this works really well as a mono. Nice clean crisp lines, satisfying curve and that floor has just been beautifully polished! You were lucky or patient as when we were there it was heaving with people! Love the view through the windows and the little cameo of the people on the bench. Yep love it!
14 Jul 2009 9:17AM
nice clean lines, And like the two figures sitting on the bench

LesF 15 182 9
14 Jul 2009 9:19AM
As said Sarah crisp and clean what more do you need. May have a dabble at a mod tonight though.

Rachel99 12 1 2 United Kingdom
14 Jul 2009 9:20AM
Super composition
Sezz 16 619 15 England
14 Jul 2009 9:22AM
Thanks all Smile
Look forward to that if you do Les! I used the Black & White tool in CS3, would be interested to know what method others might use?

Sarah x
barbarahirst 13 27 12 United Kingdom
14 Jul 2009 9:23AM
Really cant do much with this one
Everything seems right to the light on the floor from the windows
great shot
C_Daniels 16 399 10 England
14 Jul 2009 9:32AM
Like the simplicity Sarah - nicely converted and composed...

Can't decide if a figure somewhere (perhaps sat on the stairs)would add to it or overcomplicate it.
Like the space as it is though...
andy210966 13 4 119 Wales
14 Jul 2009 10:13AM
Super mono shot Sarah!

A quality archictectural shot - love the positioning of that sweeping stairway and the reflective floor tiles. The two sat on the bench outside add a nice human element to this very fine shot.

TelStar 16 116 United Kingdom
14 Jul 2009 10:22AM
Beautiful clean image, Sezz; love the 1930s architectural lines and tones. Had a go at a couple of mods using Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo X2, but don't think they 'improve' on what you've done. Just slightly different. Uploading one.

Sezz 16 619 15 England
14 Jul 2009 10:30AM
Thank you Smile
Tel - like the mod, has that little extra push that finishes it well! Thanks again for your time.

Sarah x
Landlord 14 25 1 Scotland
14 Jul 2009 10:32AM
Dont understand why you think you are struggling Sarah.

I cant really add much to Andys coment, it is a very fine shot.
14 Jul 2009 11:06AM
It's a lovel clean image with nice lines and works well as mono. I just removed the door clutter, signs etc. And added a black key line.

derekhansen 13 210 24 United Kingdom
14 Jul 2009 11:07AM
I see a lot of professional Architectural photos as part of my job and this is right up there. You have a very good eye for form and shape composition. I really cant see too much wrong with the processing either.
Of course the final bonus is that view to the couple on the bench. Excellent.
Sezz 16 619 15 England
14 Jul 2009 11:13AM
Phil - thanks, I have just got to start believing in myself a bit more when I'm working out of my comfort zone!

Dougie - thanks for the mod, I like the crop. It's one I had tried but I wanted to keep all of the window reflections in, however I agree it does look tidier and I like the key-line Smile

Derek - thank you for your kind words!

Sarah x
leedighton 14 1 United Kingdom
14 Jul 2009 12:27PM
Great composition here Sarah, black and white is something I really struggle with, I see so many really good images with fantastic impact and then look at mine and think "thats just pants" lol

Like this one though,

Richsr 14 91 223 England
14 Jul 2009 12:31PM
Like the clean lines and tones in this Sarah - works well in mono.
Good work.
Regards Richard.
TrevBatWCC Plus
13 13 19 England
14 Jul 2009 1:39PM
Like the lines and curves in this, Sarah, and a very nicely processed mono. Like the inclusion and positioning of the figures on the bench outside.
We must both have had the same thoughts on style and composition today!
TrevB Smile
User_Removed 17 16 1 United Kingdom
14 Jul 2009 1:49PM
perfect composition & without those figures on the bench it wouldn;t have been as interesting. mono is difficult but you didi ok''di
Daisymaye Plus
13 23 19 Canada
14 Jul 2009 1:57PM
Lovely curves and great in mono Sarah. What a great building and wonderful view........Sandy
Kenfromsot 13 61 United Kingdom
14 Jul 2009 5:40PM
Excellent mono Sarah,nothing wrong with this to my eyes.
Regards Ken
chris-p Plus
16 75 England
14 Jul 2009 6:20PM
Created and beautifully presented..
mrswoolybill Plus
14 3.0k 2461 United Kingdom
14 Jul 2009 6:25PM
Cool clean abstract - plus the perfectly framed little candid cameo in the distance.
RobboB Plus
14 133 United Kingdom
14 Jul 2009 6:31PM
Magnificent. Well suited to mono. The cameo in the distance that Moira spotted adds something special
User_Removed 14 11 11 United Kingdom
14 Jul 2009 6:42PM
This needs no mods Sarah, a timeless classic in my book!

Chris C
15 13 1 United Kingdom
14 Jul 2009 6:53PM
Stylish Sarah.. Stylish....
Si x
rontear Plus
18 23 9 England
14 Jul 2009 8:00PM
Love the cameo within the main image Sarah. Beauty in mono. Ron.
redstag 15 100 15 United Kingdom
14 Jul 2009 8:32PM
Hope you are watching Coast on BBC2 it is your stomping ground tonight.
Super mono BTW!
Sezz 16 619 15 England
14 Jul 2009 8:55PM
Thanks everyone Smile
Jon yes indeed - I am recording it thanks.

Sarah x
14 Jul 2009 9:45PM
Like the lines and curves - well composed.

Glostopcat 15 255 2 England
14 Jul 2009 9:56PM
Excellent work Sarah, this image is perfectly suited to monochrome
dathersmith 14 565 12 United Kingdom
14 Jul 2009 10:23PM
Looks good to me Sarah, nothing wrong with your mono conversion.

Hoffy 17 262 16 England
14 Jul 2009 11:02PM
Seen a lot of images of this and this is one of the best.
tigertimb 13 40 66 United Kingdom
14 Jul 2009 11:12PM
Great shot Sarah, love the mono which makes it all about the shapes and the lines, and a wonderful touch with the view to the couple relaxing on the beach
Sezz 16 619 15 England
15 Jul 2009 2:43PM
Thanks guys and to those who voted also Smile

Sarah x
mark1309 14 13 United Kingdom
15 Jul 2009 7:45PM
Lovely composition and lighting, works very well in black and white,
oll1e 14 57 2 United Kingdom
15 Jul 2009 8:17PM
Hi Sarah ,
i love the fact that you have come out of your comfort zone, and this is a super image .Really like the couple on the bench and the way the stairs sweep through the image creating lines and shadows .
Plus the mono suits it very well .
Hope you do some more like this soon Smile
ollie x
Alan_Coles 15 178 11 Wales
16 Jul 2009 1:52PM
Gets my this a lot, well seen.
dmhuynh72 13 47 3 United Kingdom
16 Jul 2009 3:29PM
Beautifully arhcitectural capture Sarah with that sweeping staircase worked great in mono with nice light and I really like inclusion of people on the bench outside.
RockArea 15 18 3 United Kingdom
16 Jul 2009 5:39PM
Not much I can add Sarah beautiful lines and the couple add a wonderful counterpoint.

Sezz 16 619 15 England
16 Jul 2009 10:47PM
Thanks for all your support on this one, really does encourage me to carry on trying with mono Smile

Sarah x
backbeat Plus
15 134 1 United Kingdom
17 Jul 2009 8:05AM
looks great to me...a nice clean modern look in keeping with the subject matter

fatherpie 13 18 12 England
17 Jul 2009 9:27PM
This ticks all the boxes for me
Nick_w Plus
14 4.3k 99 England
17 Jul 2009 10:15PM
The mono suits this well Sarah, it concentrates on the shapes & textures - it works better than any of the mods for me. I think your style would suit more mono conversions.
Sezz 16 619 15 England
18 Jul 2009 10:20AM
Phil - thank you Smile

Dave what a lovely surprise - thank you so much for your award, means a lot to me!

Nick that's a very encouraging comment, appreciated very much.

Sarah x
nickyv32 14 135 England
19 Jul 2009 8:48PM
Great shot, like it, great in mono

20 Jul 2009 10:09AM
Brilliant comp' Sarah, and it just had to be B&W

John Smile
BillyGoatGruff 14 191 199 England
21 Jul 2009 11:03AM
Elegantly done, Sarah!

Another beautifully composed shot that's well suited to a mono conversion.
It could maybe do with a little more contrast, perhaps.

I've also sometimes struggled with CS3's Black & White Tool to get the exact look I've had in my head, so here's a couple of other things you should try:-

1) [On a copy of your file!!] Change to LAB mode and delete the a & b channels. This will result in a grayscale image which you can the work on further if required using levels and curves. (I think Mike Bonsall uses this technique, or a vriation thereof.) Also if you change back to RGB mode, it'll allow colour toning, too!

2) [On a copy of your file!!] Use a channel-mixer layer to get the result you are mostly happy with and the use a colour-balance layer underneath the c-m layer to tweak colour values in shadows, midtones and highlights. It can look pretty weird if you turn off the c-m layer, but can produce very dramatic B&W conversions. You can then use level/curves adjustment layers and/or H&S for toning and tuning the contrast if desired.

3) Another technique I've heard about but not tried much is to copy the indivual R, G and B channel into a new file as indivual layers, along with the L channel from a LAB conversion. (You'd end up with 4 mono layers, all slightly different) These can then be combined using the opacity sliders and layers masks to extract the best bits from each layer, and can be further enhanced if necessary using levels/curves etc. It's cumbersome, but gives you a huge degree of control.

Hope this helps Smile

Sezz 16 619 15 England
21 Jul 2009 11:09AM
Thank you Bill, once again some really helpful information which I will definately try out! This is exactly what I was hoping for when asking for some pointers - great site this isn't it Smile I have marked this as constructive critique too!

Hey it worked, turned green Smile

Sarah x
BillyGoatGruff 14 191 199 England
21 Jul 2009 5:06PM
No problem at all, Sarah!

They are all pretty useful techniques to rty and to add to our arsenal of photoshop tools.
Good luck with them!

All the best,
22 Jul 2009 11:16PM
Really like this... stunning....!

Nicola !
VintageRed 15 15 1 United Kingdom
23 Jul 2009 9:22PM
Sezz 16 619 15 England
23 Jul 2009 10:42PM
Thanks Nicola and Nick Smile

Sarah x

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