Today I decided to present you one of my older pictures I processed lately with Photomatix.In this case it helped to reduce some of the reflections seen in the upper part of the image.
It was taken from the John Hancock Observatory in Chicago.
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Robert1969 (6954) 2013-07-13 0:39
You are a master with B&W pictures. Once again
a picture that has a excellent quality. I like
also the dark sky (makes the picture exciting)
and the B&W makes it timeless.
SnapRJW (30911) 2013-07-13 1:04
Now this is spectacular Krzysztof. I am sooooo impressed with your conversion to B&W; you have clean whites, black blacks and a full range of tones in between. The details are superb and I get a full feel for the light and shade across the buildings. magical light through that cloudy sky. Wish this was one of mine! Top class. have a lovely weekend. Rosemary
ikeharel (56066) 2013-07-13 1:36
Great photojob done on processing this picture, Krzysztof.
The B&W enhanced the outlines of the city-buildings, clear view and fantastic contrast achieved. Grey clouds also contributed to the ambiance of the windy & cold-city.
My cong.'s for that.
danos (85785) 2013-07-13 3:01
very nice the panoramic view of this section of the city,in B/W,with the excellent fallen light on the high buildings,especailly these on the foreground.I like the clarity of the scene as the splendid quality of it.
Romano46 (17516) 2013-07-13 3:10
un bianco e nero eccezionale che lascia senza parole per la grande gradazione di grigi che si sommano nella composizione.
Una luce gestita in maniera perfetta accompagnata da una postproduzione di altissimo livello, il tutto in una composizione assai curata in tutti i dettagli.
Non una semplice cartolina, ma una voto estremamente viva e ricca di spuntio significativi.
Ciao e buon fine settimana
ourania (30187) 2013-07-13 3:18
this is an absolutely captivating photo. Both the view and your technique are fascinating. There's amazing depth and a wealth of perspectives and details to sweep by and to dwell on. There's dynamism both in the view and in the moving clouds. The range of grey tones is immense and light and shadows play with them superbly. The photo is moody and vibrant at the same time. Exceptional work, congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely weekend,
timecapturer (48046) 2013-07-13 4:10
love this! The post processing has created an atmospheric and amazing almost sci-fi cityscape. So much to look at and all sharply detailed, the Spielberg sky adds to the dramatic effect so beautifully. Awesome work!
Enjoy your weekend - Brian.
subhendu_bagchi (25599) 2013-07-13 5:02
wow, a superb one. Love the presentation in monochrome. Love the chosen high POV. Excellent processing. Tfs.
npecanhuk (64290) 2013-07-13 5:12
I like your choice for black & white for that view over Chicago!
That's a very interesting and attractive urban & architecture picture!
TFS - congrats,
Enjoy your week-end,
marina7 (8053) 2013-07-13 7:38
beautiful picture, black and white works perfectly here as if taking us back to the times of Chicago mafia:) Great impression, at least on me:)
Have a cool weekend!
siudzi (33079) 2013-07-13 9:34
Wow! Cóż więcej mogę dodać?! Absolutnie wyjątkowe spojrzenie na to fantastyczne miasto. Jestem pewna, że ten widok na długo pozostaje w pamięci:)
Doskonale zrealizowana praca z super kompozycją oraz jakością. Brawo!!!
kordinator (16415) 2013-07-13 10:01
An interesting point of view on impressive town.
Very good composition in black & white.
Perfect light and textures of the buildings.
Chicago is wonderful town
abmdsudi (42664) 2013-07-13 10:06
Good contrasty panoramic view that looks great in black and white. You have managed the dark portion in the distance buildings pretty well - can't have been easy imho, but the sky drama is really something there and it's so easy to get hooked daydreaming 'amongst' the menacing clouds. An atmospheric shot having it in mono really brings out the different tones, the gritty and the appalling weather so well. Excellent shot, Congrats.
Noel_Byrne (23286) 2013-07-13 10:43
Now this is magical :) even thought ths is a city we all know and love, you have made it into something else entirely. This looks to me like some sort of apocalyptic scene, and not nessecarily of this world. The black and white treatment has really enhanced the menacing feel of the clouds and the blacks towers are like something from lord of the rings! I have never seen a shot of this city like this and it is really brilliant. I'm really glad you came back to this shot and posted it here
Hope you are having a great weekend.
ACL1978 (7467) 2013-07-13 11:23
Another HDR masterwork, Krzysztof - your monochrome shots are so incredibly clean and vibrant, with light just leaping from them. The effect here is a real sense of space and scope over Chicago - a really amazing view. Thanks!
jcpix (13564) 2013-07-13 16:59
Whoa! Now this is amazing, you've done the Windy City a big compliment with this shot! I'm going to echo Brian and Noels notes, this has a futuristic type of visual, the black & white treatment has taken this to a strangely wonderful level of interest. The heavy contrast works to perfection, particularly with the brooding and atmospheric sky...there's impending doom ahead.
The Photomatix crew should be pleased that you've produced a stunning image and mentioned their product. :) I could go over all of the detailed aspects that are most impressive here, but I think the best thing I can say it's that you've brought the viewer something that evokes more of an emotional reaction than simply covering the basis of technical merit. I'm going to sit back and admire this one for a while. Bravo my friend, this looks fantastic! Hope you're having a relaxing weekend.
Best regards from Phoenix,
fabbs99 (16163) 2013-07-13 22:35
Amazing shot my friend.The shot has a lot of unbuilt attraction.I am finding no words to describe the clarity and contrast of the shot.Simply amazing.TFS.
bayno (18342) 2013-07-14 0:34
from your POV you can enjoy a great view, you did a great job in the edit, I really like the sharp contrast between the points in the shade and the points in to the light, the extra step in Photomatix I like very much, very nice also the geometries game that offer us the skyscrapers, stratospheric details excellet work my friend....
have a lovely sunday...
lousat (75566) 2013-07-14 1:32
How many work in this pic!! And what a spectacular result my friend! I like your dramatic use of the HDR postprocession and the black and white too,fantastic view whit bright details and a lot of different light levels,the cloudy sky is perfect to complete a composiion like this.Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano
pajaran (51272) 2013-07-14 3:51
Lep pogled na grad i trenutak sa oblacima koji donose nevreme ...
Dobra kompozicija i perspektiva, lepo pokazana arhitektura i trenutak sa oblacima.
Lepo secanje na posetu gradu.
Imajte lep dan za odmor, sve najbolje.
A nice view of the city and the moment the storm clouds bring ...
Good composition and perspective, beautiful architecture and shown the moment the clouds.
Nice memories of a visit to the city.
Have a great rest day, all the best.
Indrasish (2853) 2013-07-14 9:09
Great shot here.. excellent panoramic view of this area..
Nice composition and framing too.. Love the cloudy sky and the sky scrapers.. Superb image quality too.. Very well done..
Good night and wish you all the best..
rychem (22225) 2013-07-14 9:41
Piekna panorama, u nas też kiedyś tak będzie. Doskonała jakość zdjęcia, świetne światło i głębia
jurek1951 (42128) 2013-07-14 10:09
cityscape w czarno-bialem kolorze tez ma swoj urok,niebo dodaje dramaturgi,pozdrawiam
adramad (37345) 2013-07-14 10:56
A stunning image, with this fabulous composition, the view of the city is seductive with this tangle of skyscrapers, and great perspective we can admire a great idea this picture in B & W I think gives a lot more strength and great contrasts. That sky with many clouds is sensational.
Thanks to its good sharpness can recreate in the many details of the image.
Very well done.
Happy Sunday afternoon.
Sonata11 (33225) 2013-07-14 19:46
piekna panorama Chicago. Imponujace wiezowce. Pieknie wykonane zdjecie pokazujac jego piekno I rozmach. Wspanial komopozycja oraz podoba mi sie wykonanie w kolorze bialo-czarnym. Wspaniala praca. Moje gratulacje.
macjake (55562) 2013-07-15 3:26
haha...i recognized this as an HDR immediately.
often when i do a black and white in HDR, white hotspots appear - and there are some in your shot too! :)
Heck, i just love the photo for what it IS - downtown Chicago and plenty of highrises :)
hard to beat a view like this one.
Wish I were there!
enjoy your day
kasianowak (5956) 2013-07-15 3:54
Bardzo lubie twoje zdjecia z Chicago i ciesze sie, ze do nich wracasz. Tutaj bardzo podoba mi sie contrast i dramatyczne, sztormowe niebo. Swietna wariacja na temat.
annjackman (19245) 2013-07-15 4:00
I was standing in the same place exactly 2 years later than you (21st April 2013)! The tonal range and quality of this image is outstanding. The detail is so impressive. I like the cloudy sky that adds to the overall mood of this cityscape.
Kind Regards, Ann
jhm (138244) 2013-07-15 5:01
You know I am no fan of black and white, but these picture is extraordinarily lovely.
High quality with very nice details of the buildings. .
Nice depth and perspective picture with facades in foreground.
Excellent composition, nice presentation, TFS.
Have a nice Monday,
Cricri (105331) 2013-07-15 10:06
Grand vue profonde et étendue de la ville, le choix du N/ avec le ciel dramatique donne une atmosphère particulière a la ville, très belle réalisation
Hansaphotos (6657) 2013-07-15 10:15
Ah, excellent pp work on this fine shot of one of my favourite cities. A lovely light and very nice effect of the clouds. The choice of b&w really worked well for you here. Brilliant shot:) TFS.
Have a nice week.
mjw364 (7340) 2013-07-16 2:27
Fantastic use of HDR here - it looks like the opening scene form a film! Very sharp and a fantastic sky. Well done.
delpeoples (53001) 2013-07-17 1:24
Oooh I love this B&W, as I do with all your B&W photos. This is particularly stunning and you chose well to use the HDR. I really like how it has accentuated the reflections of the clouds over the city, giving it all the more reason to be called The Windy City. Stunning definition and depth, this is an amazing view.
Thanks for sharing, have a lovely day
eldancer1 (27203) 2013-07-19 10:12
Awesome B&W rendition of Chicago! I like the dark clouds over the city. Beautiful pov and good contrast. Very well done, tfs.
adidas5nb (5241) 2013-07-20 7:51
what an amazing pov of chicago.love the choice for b n w.great contrast.
cornejo (30664) 2013-07-20 10:48
Krzysztof Witaj very good and interesting black and white photograph of this interesting city, very well captured in this interesting image, with a good pov, good sharpness, depth and interesting light. Very good and interesting job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing.
Good afternoon and happy Sunday.
Best regards from southern Spain.
Silvio1953 (120652) 2013-07-21 6:49
Ciao Krzysztof, great view of fantastic city, excellent clarity, splendid light and wonderful POV, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
fotka (3469) 2013-07-22 4:00
Wow, nie przypuszczalem ze Chicago wyglada tak wspaniale. Zrobiles swietne zdjecie w tonacji bialo-czarnej. Wspaniala kompozycja, sliczne niebo, super ostrosc.
Moje gratulacje i pozdrowienia,
adores (36195) 2013-08-02 17:02
A fantastic view of Chicago and the b&w conversion is just perfect. I like the sun light on the buildings in foreground - it creates a good atmosphere and contrast with the dark cloudy sky. Great work!
tedesse (25129) 2013-08-05 9:11
Wspaniala panorama Chicago w B&W.
Doskonaly POV i kompozycja, super ostrosc.
serp2000 (39578) 2013-09-25 15:36
It reminds me a view of NYC from the Empire State Building. I wonder that f\4/5 gave you so fantastic DoF and ideal sharpness. I see the bad weather in that day just persuaded you make it in b&w. Well done.
Best wishes from NYC!
josepmarin (57711) 2013-11-19 13:15
Chicago is a city that I want to visit someday, because of its wonderful architecture.
An architecture which we can enjoy in this good capture, from a high POV, where the tall buildings stand out under a threatening cloudy sky, in a good composition with a great depth of field. The B&W works beautifully.
PS: I hope that you enjoy your next trip in Istanbul, is a wonderful city also.
- Copyright: Krzysztof Kusy (krzychu30) (15496)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 2011-04-21
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Olympus E-420, Zuiko 14-42mm F3.5-5-6
- Exposure: f/4.5, 1/80 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-07-12 23:44
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