John, I loved the glossy sparkled look and the almost magical effect it creates. I did wonder about cropping off some of the left hand which is a little less featured to move the main building to a slightly less central position and increase the impact of the right had side river bank with its glittery lights. Richard
Thank you for looking and commenting. You observation has merit. I'll have to see what I think of that...at first, I think it removes some balance, but I will think on it. Always nice to get another perspective...there are so many options to consider when processing an image.
John, you accomplished exactly what you intended, kudos. I agree with Richard's crop suggestion. However... the right edge of the image has a structure that is not parallel to the frame, so I'd crop off a small section.
Wow John what a beautiful image. I very much like the conversion and the high structured tone you gave it. I like the composition as it but would like to see the perspective corrected. The image shows a little bit of keystoning. Lightroom will make short of this although if this is an uncropped image it might change the composition a bit. Play around and see what you think.
Thanks for looking and commenting. When I get back from ANPAT 12, I'll spend some time on this image to see if I can minimize the effect. So far I found it harder then I thought to do without creating other problems.
Thanks for the suggestions. Sorry that I didn't get back to you sooner but I was in New Mexico on ANPAT 12 with other Nikonians. As always, I appreciate the comments and suggestions. I see the benefit you offered. Best regards,
I wanted to thank all the Nikonians who commented on this image and especially Scott regarding the distortion. I made some changes that mimic closely what Scott suggested, printed the image as a 13 x 19 and mounted it on a 16x20 black mat with a small white border and submitted along with many other images (some that got honorable mention) to the Wisconsin Area Camera Club Organization Fall 2012 Competition.
For this image of Milwaukee, I won 2nd place during last Saturday's judging for large black and white print!
Very nice to get ideas and suggestions that bear fruit! Again, thanks,
John, I just look at your shot now. It is a supper shot the tonal quality is unreal. Did you use any filter? Playing around with intense (very tight) cropping you may add another couple of exceptional pictures. Congratulations.
Thanks for looking and commenting. I didn't use a physical filter. I am posting the original color image here for comparison. The original image, I only adjust clarity, saturation, and vibrance some then exported to Silver Efex Pro. I used original Auto White Balance and maintained that as I was happy with the results. When converting to B & W in Silver Efex Pro, where I used one of the preset plug-ins call High Structure (Smooth) and liked the results after a little further tweaking as well as the feedback I got from others with even further tweaking to get the lines straighter the results came in pretty good. So glad you like it. I really like the feedback one can get here in the forums.