One of the many dislodged floor stones in this crumbling old courtyard in The Forbidden City - with another water container behind.
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I love that you spotlighted it, 'cause it's gorgeous, I like the ambiance :)
13 Aug 2009 10:50am
@Lorraine: Not bad for a bit of broken stone, eh? (^o^)
Thanks for your comment!
Really nice composition!
13 Aug 2009 2:43pm
@Mags: Thanks Mags!
wow! excellent framing! a splendid B&w photo, indeed!
14 Aug 2009 1:34am
@Ladybird: Thanks Ladybird!
This is great Ian. I especially love your b&w conversion. I'd be interested to know what conversion technique you use?
14 Aug 2009 3:16am
@Stu: Thanks Stu. I use different conversion techniques each time, as it usually depends on the shot. But most often it will be either using Photoshop CS3 'Black & White' option - which gives great control on original colour tonality; or just a simple 'Desaturate' command - with a few tweeks to the curves/levels/contrast. And a bit of dodging/burning when needed. But sometimes images in 'greyscale' (ie; not a good contrasty B&W shot) require a bit of colour toning to give them a some life (in this shot I added a bit of red and yellow to the dark channel).
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