Barcelona – Black and White

I have been away on vacation in the US for two weeks during which period I have over 600 pictures to process and sift through. It will be some time before those pictures make it to this blog. Therefore, here are some pictures from my trip to Barcelona 3 weeks ago.

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Detail on a wall opposite Barcelona cathedral
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A window in the Gothic quarter of Barcelona.

 Photographs using an iPhone 4S, post-processed in Lightroom and NIK Color Efex Pro.

Barcelona Cathedral – Part 2

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A view of one of the sides of the Barcelona Cathedral

Gothic quarter, Barcelona – Part 4

I have processed the following picture in both colour and black-and-white. I believe both iterations of the same picture are equally good and offer a different view of the same scene. The picture is of the building that houses the remains of the Roman columns of the Temple of Augustus. The building that surrounds the columns is a regular block of flats, which in itself is very surprising!

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Block of flats with balconies. Temple of Augustus, Barcelona
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Black-and-white treatment of the picture above. Processed with Silver Efex Pro.

These pictures are from my iPhone, processed in NIK Software (Color Efex Pro, and Silver Efex Pro).

 

Under the highway – Part 2

I experimented with pictures I took of the M25/A30 Runnymead bridge over the Thames using black-and-white conversion. The first two pictures are roughly from the same viewpoint and one of these is an exact copy of the earlier post.

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A BW conversion from my earlier post of the Runnymead Bridge
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The spans of the bridge distribute load and prevent vibrations from damaging the older Edwin Lutyens built A30 bypass bridge
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The size of the arches are clearly evident in this image (my wife and son at the very top over the river)

Few places in the UK now seem free of people littering the place with graffiti and other detritus of modern living. The base of the bridge was littered with broken beer bottles and other unsavoury items, that destroyed an otherwise interesting scene of nature and modernity co-existing at this place. The Thames itself was tranquil and sedately flowed towards London en route to the sea towards the right of the pictures.

I used Adobe Photoshop Lightroom to process these images that came from my iPhone. I used the Black-and-White Strong Tonal Contrast Preset by Matt Kloskowski as a starting point before applying blue and green filter corrections to the images.

I hope you like the effects and I would love to hear your comments and suggestions..