Architecture in Black and white

Architectural details 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.

  • An excellent work of composition for an outstanding B&W…very high quality!

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