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City Hall & Tower, Brussels

Posted by
Ian Smith (London, United Kingdom) on 25 February 2010 in Architecture and Portfolio.

Standing beneath the 96m high tower of the city hall in the main market square, gazing up at the gothic 15th century architecture - it boggles the mind to think how much work went into building it.

FUJIFILM FinePix F30 1/420 second F/2.8 ISO 100 8 mm

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tim from high desert, United States

Like the clouds, and the color tone but the angle is not really working here. Much better if I turn my head sideways.

25 Feb 2010 7:01am

@tim: Thanks for your feedback Tim. I found the portrait angle just a bit too 'ordinary', so thought I'd just keep the landscape version. Its a difficult angle to get right - I was between two minds of posting it.

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Dramatic tilt and dramatic sky, good combination.

25 Feb 2010 10:15am

mirela from brighton, United States

great details and tones; I have to agree with Tim, would be better to flip it, angle too cumbersome...

25 Feb 2010 12:40pm

Stu from Scotland | Residing in Kyoto, Japan

A bold presentation with superb tones. I see what you mean about it being difficult to get right. I wouldn't know where to start.

25 Feb 2010 2:06pm

alex centrella from California, United States

great tones..

25 Feb 2010 4:22pm

Amanda from Jersey City, United States

Incredible architecture! Love the moody tones and creative angle!

25 Feb 2010 6:30pm

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

the angle and tone really do it for me!
I know I've asked before but what's the recipe for the tone?

25 Feb 2010 8:30pm

@Ted: Photoshop: First convert to B&W (not greyscale) adjusting each colour brightness as required, and if necessary adjust the curves/levels, to get a good B&W image (I also do a bit of selective dodging/burning - using adjustment layers - like in this shot the sky was burned in a bit to even out the tone for the building). Then adjust the colour balance by simply adding cyen to the shadows, mid-tones and highlights (you have to visually judge what works best, as every image is different). It may not be the 'best' way of adding colour toning, but it works for me. It sounds like a lot of work, but with practice the whole process shouldn't take more than 10-20mins.

1/420 second
ISO 100
8 mm