The Communistic Facade
While I was in Poland, I visited Warsaw alone for a whole day to shoot images (and also to play tourist). During the day I did mostly scouting and making snapshots. Most of my beauties are shot around the blue hour, though at that time it became cloudy. Nevertheless, I have some nice images of modern buildings which I'll post the next coming weeks and months. During scouting I noticed many gray buildings of communistic times. Here is the facade of one of them. It has this typical ugly and depressing look. The good news, they are renovating and painting them in nice colors, all over in Poland. Every time I visit this country it becoming more beautiful, so little time left to photograph the darker side.
TECH-INFO: one RAW file converted into a TIFF file with DxO. I used to shot often in JPG because I love the Nikon rendered colors. But the combination of my D300 and the newer DxO Optics Pro 5.3 (instead of the older 4.5) yields beautiful and very natural colors. Not quite as poppy as Nikon but nevertheless more natural. Of course, I'm not using the default settings of DxO, I had to tweak them. In combination with lens correction modules, it is probably one of the best RAW convertors. Here for this case I increased saturation and contrast a bit, which is needed for post-processing.
Afterwards, as usual for my photo blog, post-processing in Photoshop. First a contrast boost (using soft light blending mode) then converted it to B/W using the newest tool (the one introduced in CS3). The stronger saturation came in handy of this process. The reds and yellows of the walls are darker, the blue reflections of the sky in the windows are lighter. To leave some color I have set the opacity at 75%. Using a few other masked adjustment layers I brightened and darkened certain elements, like the lamp, and added a vignetting effect. If you have any questions, feel free to ask.
Normally I always leave a gray border around the image on my photo blog, except on this one because it was too much interfering with the color of the wall.
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