Category Archives: Towns and Cities

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.

Veliko Tarnovo at dawn, Bulgaria

This photo is a rediscovered photo that I had originally underexposed by accident, before ignoring it on account of the under exposure. But, on reflection, it was never actually that bad and the contrast and brightness slider in photoshop dragged out the real photo that I saw at the time.

This is a dawn shot of the fortress in the picturesque Bulgarian town of Veliko Tarnovo.

I was there for a few days and as usual had no idea where the sun would be or what would make a nice composition.

So I wandered around while it was still dark, and spotted the profile of the fortress against the sky, and the symmetry of the hill that the fortress is on

I put the tripod up and waited. The moon was a bit of luck, and I love the way it’s lit by the sun which is about to rise from behind the fortress.