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    1. Thank you Maggie – I felt that B&W was the way to go with this one but I need to find the time now to see what others have been coming up with πŸ™‚

    1. It certainly can be – I tend to use my ears a lot more when walking through subways. I also try not to use my nose… πŸ˜‰ Thanks for passing by and commenting πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks Judith – B&W works well for these sorts of scenes. I think it brings out the gritty unpleasant layer behind polite society. The underpass leads between a very smart shopping centre and a nice suburban housing area yet somehow seems to be able to be a cesspool! It’s why we carry our cameras isn’t it πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks Patti – not parts of London that you visited during your recent return then;-) Great to see your photos – what did you make of The Shard? Thanks for popping by, Best wishes, Martin

    1. Thank you Theresa – I find the HDR process can introduce a fair amount of noise into an image when higher ISO’s are used. It tends to take on a grainy appearance when converted to B&W which is just what I wanted for these shots.

    1. Thanks Jen πŸ™‚ Try to think positive thoughts – visiting the clothes shops and having a lovely cup of coffee in Brent Cross for the first one – seeing The Christmas Lights on Regent Street for the second (it was taken not far from there) πŸ˜‰

      1. no really…my opinion your pictures are more stunning, because I’m not B&W typical photographer…I often work so hard by using software to make good photo

      2. Ok – well, in both cases the initial photo was a colour shot but I was thinking in black & white when I took them. The subway shot was very difficult lighting so I created three different exposure versions of the RAW file in photoshop before merging them in photomatix to bring out the detail. This process also has a ‘benefit’ of adding a gritty appearance in the form of noise – potentially a problem for colour but quite a handy thing when producing Urban b&w. The second shot is a straight forward conversion with no trickery. Both shots were converted to b&w in photoshop. As part of the conversion I adjust the contrast to a level that achieves the effect that I want – the photoshop converter tends on the bland side. I then use the adjust sharpness tool – you’ll need to play with the settings in this to suit your camera / sensor combination. I’ve varied it over the years but normally use 0.7 radius and 90% as the settings currently. I think the key thing to remember is that it’s your work of art – there is no right or wrong, only what you want to achieve with the shot. Hope this helps πŸ™‚

  1. There’s always something captivating about B&W photos & these are great. I especially like the darkness of the 2nd one.& the contrast f the car light. I am left wondering what that bloke’s up too. I wonder if Barry & Cedric are lurking somewhere there…

    1. Thanks Tony – If Barry and Cedric like Chinese food then they certainly should be lurking. The guy is shuffling the waste bins behind a Chinese restaurant πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you Karen – Sometimes B&W can really bring out the grace and elegance of flowers so you should find some good uses for it πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you – I take photos for a web project called Geograph and that has required me to go into alleys quite often. Alleys are a place of real and superstitious fear for people but I guess I have become used to them…

    1. Thanks pix & kardz – yes, missed you πŸ™‚ But I suspect you’re finding it hard to keep up the same as me! I used to be able to go through all the entries on the weekly photochallenge but now there are so many (over 400 each week) that I just can’t do it 😦 I owe you a visit πŸ™‚

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