Not matter where you go in the financial district of the City of London, England, there are not many streets where the Gherkin (30 St Mary Axe) does not peek over the buildings looming large over you. In the workshop the colour version, not sure which I prefer.
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Bartleby (13238) 2012-10-25 2:10
for me the B&W version definitely does the trick. Cool composition as always...
Highmountains (2251) 2012-10-25 2:24
Between the two, I prefer the B/W over the coloured version in the WS. The composition is such that our focus is drawn to the Gherkin. The tall walls of the buildings on either side have neat & sharp features - with the light and shadow accentuating the architecture. There is an opening created as we look up, and beyond another block - we see the Gherkin. There is a shine and glaze in the texture of the photograph; and there is surely a greater contrast and sharpness here, than in the coloured version (where the contrast and the shine is not so very pronounced).
You have a number of photographs on this subject and I particularly liked the 'Sandwich' where the subject had a similar brightness and glaze.
Thanks for sharing.
dkmurphys (42597) 2012-10-25 2:29
Very artistic composition. I like the lack of colors and the POV. Great catch!
HimalAnda (6950) 2012-10-25 4:28
I like the composition of this picture: the Gherkin building seems to jut out from the foreground ones.
The BW version is better, in my opinion, because the contrast of colors is much visible (black for the Gherkin, white for the old houses).
federico (1603) 2012-10-25 5:41
hi brian I like very much this B&W ,good contrast of architectures, well balanced lights and shadows
mayjayne (2890) 2012-10-25 7:37
In B&W, the play of light and shadows is more defined. A well composed piece!
TFS and have a great WE,
SnapRJW (23724) 2012-10-25 8:35
Lovely shot Brian - I like the B&W conversion. It highlights the shapes of the buildings well and there is a nice combination of shade, shadow and light. The juxtaposition of sharp rectangles and gentle curves is very appealing and texturally, the sky is wonderful soft and a lovely contrast to the buildings. Of the two shots I think the B&W is far stronger visually although the colour is a very good image too. Have a fine evening. Rosemary
rychem (13740) 2012-10-25 9:00
This modern building looks like a spaceship behind the older houses, I like the BW version, well seen, well done
bema (26179) 2012-10-25 9:02
so ever body seems to like the B/W-version better..so far! inmy humple opinion and my bad english let me tell you my answer.. i prefer more the colored version, today i´m more fascinated by the lower contrasts in this colored one.. the black and white looks a bit to hard or to dark for my personal meaning..
have a great evening, see you around, cheers Bernd
mesutilgim (73080) 2012-10-25 9:32
Very nice b&w capture from London.
Good layout. Good idea to leave the elements at the bottom outside of the frame.
TFS and best regards
marabu61 (5879) 2012-10-25 10:47
I for myself prefer the black and white version. A great capture of the Gherkin peaking out behind the row of houses.
have a great evening
macjake (45588) 2012-10-25 11:08
this one is for sure going into my England theme - that means the next time i visit I'll be heading straight to this exact location :)
Personally, this may be my favorite composition of yours to date. I love how the Gherkin just seems to be hovering over everyone else like a mother-in-law! haha!
wicked photo! absolutely love it!!
cebe (1297) 2012-10-25 12:18
Nice and unusual sight for sure. Beautiful architectural contrast. I think the b&w version has somewhat more visual impact. Nice with the strong contrast (but I wonder if you could not have "mitigated" a bit the very bright facade at the bottom). Originality in architecture is not necessarily synonymous with aestheticism and success; personally I find that building rather pleasing. I imagine it has been well received by Londoners.
chawax (16545) 2012-10-25 12:57
A nice POV on this surprsing building. Nice contrast with the older architecture in the foreground. The B&W adds a great atmosphere.
francio64 (38254) 2012-10-25 12:58
mi piace come l'edificio nuovo (simile ad un missile), spicca sui vecchi edifici, contrastando con essi.
Ottima la resa del bianco e nero.
ACL1978 (6501) 2012-10-25 14:47
Brian, black and white was clearly the way to go here. The gherkin now looks like it was made of obsidian - it's a really stunning presence here, out of place and futuristic, like out of a sci fi movie. Great POV down what looks like a residential street, framing the tower nicely.
jcpix (6640) 2012-10-25 16:00
Brilliant composition, and I love the choice of black & white, it creates some solid contrast. Very intriguing architecture displayed with the old an new styles, masterful job bringing the two together. Very impressive work!
jjcordier (67332) 2012-10-25 22:11
J'aime autant la version couleur que la version noir et blanc. Cette dernière est de grande qualité avec de beaux noirs et une belle palette de gris. Très bons POV et cadrage.
JFS (32453) 2012-10-25 22:22
I just can say; I LOVE IT! The B&W is perfect here. The POV is impecable, as always.
Thanks and best regards,
krzychu30 (12777) 2012-10-26 4:52
B&W at its best!I compared both pictures and I have to say it was good choice to pick this one.The B&W color scheme brings out in my opinion more depth of the scene.It is also great juxtaposition of these architecturally different buildings.I think you couldn´t chose better POV to capture this scene.Brilliant composition!
Have a nice day
madhumita_roy86 (2344) 2012-10-26 5:08
very beautiful image..
well chosen B&W...
excellent sharpness...good POV..
nice play with light and shadows..
BennyV (13058) 2012-10-27 6:17
I'd go for the colour version, which is softer, has a less 'strict' feel to it. Here the sky and the big fallus are just a touch too dark for me. Good composition works in both versions. Cheers & have a good weekend.
SWEETFREEDOM (19936) 2012-11-01 0:43
very nice and interesting building, i like very much this b/w view. good contrast, light and sharpness.
- Copyright: Brian Denton (timecapturer) (37200)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 2012-08-11
- Categories: Daily Life, Architecture
- Camera: Sony Alpha 850 DSLR, Sony 28-75mm F2.8 SAM, Hoya Super UV
- Exposure: f/16, 1/80 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): francio64 (My favourite/1), excellent England [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2012-10-25 1:55