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Liverpool Cathedral at Dusk

Posted by
Ian Bramham (Manchester, United Kingdom) on 19 March 2008 in Architecture and Portfolio.

There's a larger and more subtly processed version posted here if you're interested.

I took this shot on Friday just at the point when day was turning into night.....I had been hoping for a dramatic sunset but the sky was overcast so I tried processing this image in B&W and was pleasantly surprised by what emerged from my computer.

I've only just switched to using Photoshop CS3 and this is my first B&W conversion with it. What a fantastic piece of software it is compared to the Elements 5 preset options that I was using previously.

I'm going off-line for about a week shortly while I take a break from work....I'll catch up with you all when i get back!

NIKON D40 10 second F/8.0 ISO 200 15 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Michael Skorulski from Cigel, Slovakia

Masterful in every way. Breathtaking!

19 Mar 2008 7:33am

@Michael Skorulski: Thanks Micheal!

Putter from Belgium

This is really an outstanding shot Ian!

19 Mar 2008 8:44am

@Putter: Thanks Putter......I think it might just be the best photo I've taken up to now but it needs to really be viewed larget than this.

Alfredo J. Martiz J. from Tokyo, Japan

Beautiful b/w photo, delicately composed!

19 Mar 2008 10:06am

@Alfredo J. Martiz J.: Thanks Alfredo.....I'm really pleased that you liked the composition as it wasn't that easy. The tripod is perched on the edge of a long vertical drop into the cemetry with no guard's only a guess but it must be 100ft straight down from this vantage point.

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

That is fantastic shot. Perfect in every way.

19 Mar 2008 10:22am

@Ana Lúcia: Thanks Ana.....that's very kind of you!

Viewfinder from Bradenton, United States

The depth and clarity on this "cathedral scape" image is fantastic! Wonderful. Have a good holiday away.

19 Mar 2008 11:30am

@Viewfinder: Thanks Glenn.....the B&W conversion tool in CS3 is just wonderful and when this image appeared it was such a nice surprise!

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

And you leave us with such wonder and beauty, there's magic in the air, thanks for posting this magnificent photo before you left ;)

19 Mar 2008 11:40am

@Lorraine: Thanks Lorraine!.....after about 1 year of taking photos I think this is probably my favourite (although it really needs to be viewed larger than this). It's certainly nice though to feel that I'm still able to make progress.

Melissa from Warsaw, Indiana, United States


19 Mar 2008 1:20pm

@Melissa: Cheers Melissa!

Daroru from Amagasaki, Japan

So crisp and striking...

19 Mar 2008 2:53pm

@Daroru: Thanks very much Daroru!

Addey from London, United Kingdom

cool shot. Loving the B&W mood.

19 Mar 2008 4:58pm

@Addey: Thanks Addey......I love B&W too for the way it distills a photo down to it's raw essentials of composition, light and mood.

tom from Frankfurt, Germany

Great B&W.

19 Mar 2008 8:30pm

@tom: Thanks very much Tom!

Behrooz Sangani from Tehran, Iran

So you were introduced to the monster, the honorable CS3 ;)
This is an amazing compo. Ian.

19 Mar 2008 8:32pm

@Behrooz Sangani: Thanks Behrooz....yes CS3 is an amazing bit of software isn't it!

danthro from Suburbia, United States

majestic. love the detail, light, tones.

19 Mar 2008 9:23pm

@danthro: Thanks very much danthro!

amy from Rocky Mountain House, Canada

To sound like the kids... CS3 ROCKS!! And this image is stupendous, Ian! Love this in b/w... the tones are so great especially with that light reflecting in the clouds over the steeple.

19 Mar 2008 9:27pm

@amy: Thanks amy.....i'm glad you noticed the light from the catherdral reflecting in the clouds. Who would have thought a heavily overcast sky like this would lead to a better photo :-)

Will from Gainesville, United States

awesome shot...great dynamic the detail and composition:)

20 Mar 2008 1:25am

@Will: Thanks Will....I'm still getting the hang of CS3 but it's an exciting bit of software!

Bonj from Jefferson City, United States

Great shot.

20 Mar 2008 3:28am

@Bonj: Thanks Bonj!

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan most of your works are!!! I went to have a look at the other bigger version and it filled me with delight! You're right, it is a more subtle version!

20 Mar 2008 11:55am

Laurie from New Jersey, United States

This is beautiful. I like both actually. Very dramatic light.

Have a nice break.

20 Mar 2008 12:11pm

Andrea Auf dem Brinke from Desenzano del Garda (BS), Italy

very good composition!

20 Mar 2008 4:13pm

John Leech from Grange-over-Sands, United Kingdom

Stop reading this and get out on the slopes.

21 Mar 2008 8:04am

ndiginiz from Kirikiriroa (Hamilton), New Zealand

Tena koe ehoa
The gamut of tones in the mid-dark range are especially good even though the gamut is short. I like the contrast of light as well that makes an emphatic statement of the lights and their effects.

22 Mar 2008 7:51am

Jeff from Honolulu, United States

Great use of light in this conversion. I recently switched to CS3, too. You are going to love it.

24 Mar 2008 7:33am

Dan from Bolton, United Kingdom

Excellent processing, a great black and white shot. Yes CS3 is great and Lightroom is execellent too, well worth a look.

27 Mar 2008 7:09am

João Mourão from Amadora, Portugal

Amazing shot. The B&W worked just fine. One of my favourites.

28 Mar 2008 10:20pm

sherri from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

Such an amazing structure and you've captured it well.

1 Apr 2008 4:18am

Henry from Boston, United States

What a great shot!

1 Apr 2008 12:19pm

doublekkphotogrphy from West Richland, United States

beautiful night shot

7 Apr 2008 7:25am

Twelvebit from Victoria, United States

Ok, you got me to get PSE5 for B&W conversions, now it looks like you're going to have me coughing up the bucks for CS3. You don't work for Adobe do you? Beautiful shot.

8 Apr 2008 3:35pm

@Twelvebit: Thanks John!.......not cheap either CS3.....sorry about that!

Simon Brauer from Ecuador

In general nice work Ian.

13 Jun 2008 4:29am

10 second
ISO 200
15 mm (35mm equiv.)