On my recent trip to the United States of America I spent ten days in New York. On one of those days we took the Staten Island ferry to see the Statue of Liberty. We got off at the other end, but got back on the next one we could. As we were approaching Manhattan I took some photos of the skyline. Such a mixture of buildings along the edge of the river. For monochrome madness today I decided that it would be a good image to try and use.
I tried several things on it when I was processing it. As always I changed the image to monochrome in Adobe Camera Raw. I made the usual adjustments before opening it up into Photoshop.
I used High Pass to bring some more detail to the buildings. I applied motion blur on the water in the river to make it disappear a bit. I used some curves to darken the background and the foreground. I wanted the buildings to stand out more. Finally I got the dodging tool and added some whiteness to some parts of building to make them stand out.
Once I had the image the way I wanted it, I decided to see what it would like in colour again, so I switched it back. This is my reverse processing. You can get some interesting resulting doing it. Sometimes it works, and other times it is shocking and I don’t go any further.
The colours were a bit too saturated so I had to tone them down. I toned down the blues and yellows to give it an almost monotone look.
Out of the two I like the second version more. I think it shines more. My husband said it looked metallic. I like that description.
There are a lot more Monochrome images over on my other blog for MM 2-34: Monochrome Madness.