Category Archives: Towns and Cities

Detailing of Arhitecture in Dunkirke, France

Architecture in Dunkirke, France

This was taken on a dull afternoon in Dunkirke, and I suppose it was a day when architectural details like this stood out quite well.

The mid-afternoon light was diffused by the clouds that covered the sky horizon to horizon, and it was easy to put the camera away on account of the ‘poor’ light.

But it was the architectural lumps and bumps that caught my eye, especially with the newer building in the center of the frame with its curved edge on one side. That newer building contrasts very well with the older architecture.

And so, considering all that, I pointed the camera up slightly and zoomed in, so that all the cars and people disappeared and I had a nice, simple and clean composition

In post processing, I darkened the sky and lightened the buildings to direct the eye exactly where I wanted, and removed the colour.

Without the black and white conversion this image has very little impact. Now though, it very accurately depicts what I saw in my minds eye when I took the image.

Blue Mosque at night, Istanbul, Turkey

Blue Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey

This is an older picture that I have ignored in the past, but thought I’d do a black and white conversion on it and see what happened.

I love the architectural details and textures, and felt that it was worth doing a black and white conversion.

Compositionally, I like to isolate objects, and with this I zoomed in in order to remove the outline of the building so I could focus attention on the details…which I suppose is kind of isolating an element or elements from a much wider scene.

Anyway, I much prefer the black and white version over the original version which was illuminated at night, and so looked very orange with black shadows.

After dark..

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Bath, Somerset, England

Bath Abbey, England, UK

I love cities after dark. This photo was taken in Bath in Somerset, England. It depicts Bath Abbey lit at night.

Normally I’d leave the colour alone in a photo like this, as the yellows, oranges and dark blue sky usually have a pleasing visual effect.

I decided on a black and white conversion for this in an attempt to bring out some of that architectural detail that looks so good in the artificial street lights so that you can see all the textures and curves.