Brighton pier in a stormy day...
I'm not so sure about this photo. It was a cold and raining day, suddenly the sun came out from the gap of the merged clouds, but the atmosphere was still misty, it resulted the photo was lack of contrast. There wasn't much colour in the coloured one, so I turned it into B&W. All advices are welcome. Thanks for looking.
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snunney (90808) 2014-06-28 3:41
It is always a good idea to turn such photos into black and white to compensate for poor or uneven lighting. I like the point of view and the composition, which make good use of the strong graphical lines offered by the structure of the pier. The stormy atmosphere is very well evoked with the conversion having a good range of tones and excellent clarity.
carlo62 (39767) 2014-06-28 3:54
splendido paesaggio per un colpo in b&w, la drammaticitÓ del cielo si combina bene con la tua scelta.
Ottima la composizione.
trevormoffiet (3112) 2014-06-28 4:27
A pretty darn good image the way it is. However if you want to practice then this is a great image to play around with.
The following suggestions are a bit hypothetical without attempting to do it myself. I don't mean to be condescending but I don't know what you already know about the B&W conversion process. I know that some software can make the job very easy. However just desaturating an image does not always give the best result.
The goal is to shift the light around in the image so that you achieve a nice range of tones that results in a more punchier B&W. I am assuming that the original is a RAW file.
Looking at your photo,and using lightroom4, I would try to increase the light a bit in the blocked out black areas using the 'shadows slider' and/or exposure slider. Some blacks you want to be black but some blacks you still want to see detail. I would use the 'highlights' slider to tone down a bit the light on the surface of the water and the bright areas in the sky. However, after each alteration I would try the alter the contrast to increase separation again of the bright areas from the dark areas in the histogram. I would also possibly use a gradient filter to tone down that top bright part of the sky but then increase overall brightness again with the exposure slider. Inspect the colours in the coloured version. Then decide which colours can be separately darkened or brightened to achieve punchier blacks and whites. I would try and bring a bit more light onto the shaded parts of the buildings in the front of and beneath the sign 'Brighton Pier'. You might have to use an adjustment brush to do this. However, only use an adjustment brush as a last resort. The whole process is iterative. Hope this is useful.
timecapturer (49288) 2014-06-28 4:27
know it well, spend most of my Saturday nights in Brighton and on days like this it takes on a magical atmosphere which this soft and gentle B&W study emphasises so effectively. Wonderful!
Have a great weekend - B.
emka (87568) 2014-06-28 6:10
Hello Jasmine, Nice to see the famous Brighton pier. Something like more than thirty years ago I spend a month there learning English. I remember how the weather was there - it changed completely in five minutes. I like this atmospheric shot in stormy day, nice pp processing in black and white.
WArm regrads MAlgo
williewhistler (15683) 2014-06-28 6:34
there is evidence of some light across the pier which has helped to bring out the details of this very well composed shot.
The swirling tide is nicely captured and the dark stormy sky adds a nice atmosphere.
holmertz (45938) 2014-06-28 7:16
There were not many colours in the colour version so nothing was lost with this conversion. In fact I think you gained a lot from making this entirely in B&W. The threatening clouds and the wide range of dark tones, and even darker, give the view good atmosphere. B&W has a way of making a photo look timeless, but the pier itself also gives me an impression of stepping back in time several decades. This kind of attraction just looks so strange to me in 2014, the era of digital amusements and global travelling.
Noel_Byrne (27754) 2014-06-28 8:39
My opinion is that I absolutely love this photo. You have taken a place so well known and created something entirely unique with it. I asscoiate this place with sunny days and ice cream and smiling pele, perhaps the smell of chips and vinegar hanging in the air, and as darkness falls, the lights come on and it resembles a casino. In what you have here though, it has a much more sinister appearance, it is cold and dark, and quite malevolent. The composition of the pier to the lower right seems to be daring us to go and explore this dark place, and I would not accept the invitation.
Up above the sky is filled with drama and trepidation, like a storm is about to break and the only place to shelter will be this dreaded pier....
Hahaha, I don't know if a horror film has ever been made about a pier, but if anyone needs the inspiration, they will certainly find it here. Very cool image, thanks for sharing.
lousat (83602) 2014-06-28 8:49
Hi Jasmine,a black and white like my memories of this pier that i seen 23 years ago,beautiful and original capture in a very well exposed backlight and a fantastic stormy sky,i like it! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano
chrislo (4155) 2014-06-28 14:13
An attractive image of this well known British holiday destination. I like the dramatic mood of this photo given by the dark threatening sky and your black and white treatment. There is a good range of tones and contrasts throughout the shot. Well seen and well captured.
danos (91168) 2014-07-10 7:45
nice the view of Brighton pier in B/W with the pier to adds depth and perspective in the scene.
I like the excellent light management with the dark sky to creates a more beautiful effect in the image.
adores (41686) 2014-07-19 15:51
I like it and I guess b&w was a good option. I like the pov, the contrast and the mist surrounding the pier. The sky really add some atmosphere also.