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Loose Floor Stone in The Forbidden City

Posted by
Ian Smith (London, United Kingdom) on 13 August 2009 in Architecture and Portfolio.

One of the many dislodged floor stones in this crumbling old courtyard in The Forbidden City - with another water container behind.

FUJIFILM FinePix F30 1/340 second F/4.0 ISO 100 9 mm

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Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

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!

Mags from Paris, France

Really nice composition!

13 Aug 2009 2:43pm

@Mags: Thanks Mags!

Ladybird from Toronto, Canada

wow! excellent framing! a splendid B&w photo, indeed!

14 Aug 2009 1:34am

@Ladybird: Thanks Ladybird!

Stu from Kyoto, Japan

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).

1/340 second
ISO 100
9 mm