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Textural Durham

Posted by
Curly (South Shields, United Kingdom) on 13 January 2012 in Cityscape & Urban and Portfolio.

Durham is a university city, so most times of the year you will find plenty of colour and life in the streets. I decided to go black and white with a few street shots to capture the age and sometimes textural decay of this pre-medieval city with its castle and cathedral. I rather like how this cafe wall rendered for instance.

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Sterre from Vianen, Netherlands

Great streets in black and white, there is a wonderful dept in this picture.

13 Jan 2012 6:16am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Fantastic processing and a beautiful composition and b/w, I like the depth of the image!

13 Jan 2012 6:37am

Roman from Thiersee, Austria

what an amazing street documentation - again the Lucis works perfect in b&w

13 Jan 2012 7:03am

PascalXLD from Rennes, France

Très sympa ce N&B

Bonne journée

13 Jan 2012 7:38am

Bill Brown from California, United States

Excellent b&w processing Curly!

13 Jan 2012 7:44am

jay from MUMBAI, India

I love the way you process your B&W images.....they are just wonderful !!!

13 Jan 2012 7:51am

Christine from Ellemford, United Kingdom

Like the view down the street and your processing

13 Jan 2012 7:58am

Florence from Paris, France

I really love your HDR process on mono. Very powerful. Oh. Let's have a coffee there, I'm a fan of expressos, you see... and you will talk to me about Lucis and all the HDR softwares you're using... right ?

13 Jan 2012 8:10am

@Florence: Worth having a look at the free upgrade to Topaz Adjust (version 5) if you are using Topaz 4 Florence.

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

Great b&w, the processing works really well here ! Have a lovely day :)

13 Jan 2012 8:11am

Albert from Sweden, living in Hamburg, Germany

Sounds like a good motivation to go BW, and you you so it very well. Good shot, and I like the structure in the sky.

13 Jan 2012 8:22am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

You have sure brought out the living texture in this . . . and there is a strange feeling those folk are being Called by a Something up the road. They have no choice but to go.

13 Jan 2012 8:56am

@Ronnie 2¢: Oh I hope not Ronnie because just before you reach that skyline you will be welcomed by HMP Durham!

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Nice frame.

13 Jan 2012 9:05am

Z from Shanghai, China

Love the black and white treatment!

13 Jan 2012 9:43am

PATRICK from miramas, France

magnific 5****

13 Jan 2012 9:49am

Shaahin Bahremand from Tehran, Iran

excellent photo
well done

13 Jan 2012 9:51am

Ol from Nice Bushes, Germany

wonderful shot & pp, i like the b&w very much

13 Jan 2012 10:09am

arun from Chennai, India

nice sharp image!!

13 Jan 2012 10:19am

Lewy from Wallis, Switzerland

Gute Perspektive und sehr spezielle Bildbeabeitung. Schwarz - weiss macht sich sehr gut.

13 Jan 2012 10:30am

J.R. from Urasoe City, Japan

Great processing for sure

13 Jan 2012 10:48am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Yes - the cafe wall is incredible - it is crumbling before our eyes! I like your raised point of view from these steps giving the vista along the street.

13 Jan 2012 10:49am

fereshteh. from Iran

Like a Painting......

13 Jan 2012 11:17am

PRASHANT from Mumbai, India

Perfect B&W image...

13 Jan 2012 11:26am

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

Life in the raw. What I mean by this is that it's a "real" street scene, folk just getting with their life, and you are a fly on a (crumbling) wall

13 Jan 2012 11:31am

Mike from Lichfield, United Kingdom

I've never been to Durham but after seeing this photo I'll definitely have a wander round when passing.

13 Jan 2012 11:38am

@Mike: Now that's a shame, worth looking around just for it's history. Apart from the cathedral and castle many of the university buildings are a good age too, almost as good as St. Andrews. Good for shopping too.

Jules from Drayton, United Kingdom

Nicely processed with plenty of textures

13 Jan 2012 12:21pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Wonderful tones and textures in this excellent B&W shot Cutly! Well done! ;-)

13 Jan 2012 12:32pm

Don Levesque from Saint John, Canada

Wonderful street shot! The tones and textures are superb!

13 Jan 2012 12:33pm

gootchai from bousval, Belgium

Wouhaaaaaaaaaaa!! j'adore cette photoo!! très belle en N et B!!!

13 Jan 2012 12:44pm

Doug from Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom

Superb image, fantastical processing really adds to it

13 Jan 2012 2:01pm

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Interesting street shot, full of atmosphere. Well done.

13 Jan 2012 2:25pm

franz from Baden, Austria

thanks for taking us along on your visit to this fascinating city with your exceptional photos (plus technical info plus advice)!

13 Jan 2012 2:26pm

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

Excellent tones and textures here, Curly.

13 Jan 2012 3:13pm

El pare from Prepirineu, Andorra

Lovely black and white. Good choice.

13 Jan 2012 3:33pm

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

Must agree that b&w works (surprisingly) well here! How I am drawn into this... what a fascinating documentary of living history! Marvelous work Curly!!!

13 Jan 2012 3:37pm

Jac from Alfena, Portugal

fabulous B&W!!! " one coffee for me, please.. "
Good weekend...

13 Jan 2012 3:41pm

alex centrella from California, United States

nice shot ...

13 Jan 2012 4:25pm

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Splendid processing for this magnificent B & W, great job. Good day.

13 Jan 2012 4:28pm

Lena from San Francisco, United States

I enjoyed to see the scene b/w here. it really have old day feel. nice composition. great shot !

13 Jan 2012 4:51pm

Francisco Romero from Carbajal de la Legua, Spain

Superb texture!

13 Jan 2012 4:52pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Oooooh! Beautiful PoV captured here! I love the narrow street with the high building facades. Great contrasts and textures in this B&W compo as well.

13 Jan 2012 6:28pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

B&w is perfect. I love the detail and the textures. Great POV!

13 Jan 2012 6:33pm

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Magnificent edition friend. The composition and excellent POV. I love the textures ...! Best regards, Adela

13 Jan 2012 6:52pm

Tomek from PoznaƄ, Poland

I love this treatment.

13 Jan 2012 7:37pm

ursulakatariina from Leixlip, Ireland

Great work.

13 Jan 2012 8:39pm

Richard from Ellemford, United Kingdom

Super B&W Curly

13 Jan 2012 8:59pm

Reinald Van De Walle from Spain

Yes, you are right. In B&W you have catch better some details. I like it.

13 Jan 2012 9:18pm

The Mouse from Glasgow, United Kingdom

An amazingly sharp contrast between the edging stonework and the rendered wall, really like this one.

13 Jan 2012 9:33pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

i love the monochrome. excellent leading lines

13 Jan 2012 9:52pm

António Pires from Lisbon, Portugal

I like the ambiance.

13 Jan 2012 9:53pm

Julie L. Brown from Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

Clever framing. The eye notices the crack, but it does not stop there.

14 Jan 2012 12:04am

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

The cafe wall is great as well as the walls across the street. Speaking of the street, it's cool. too.

14 Jan 2012 12:23am

Craig from Anna Maria Beach, Florida, United States

Excellent processing... you always seem to know what works best in B& W.....

14 Jan 2012 12:45am

janina from Melbourne, Australia

Yes, I like this too. That cafe looks so inviting; I wouldn't mind sitting outside there, sipping, and watching life go by. stars. :OD

14 Jan 2012 1:47am

Agus from Bogor, Indonesia

Excelent BW and texture Curly..

14 Jan 2012 6:36am

Rick from Toronto, Canada

Superb in this mono and treatment, indeed. That wall looks great and I really like the sweeping textural play of the entire left side of the frame across the facades.

14 Jan 2012 5:42pm

marie-france from Mesves sur Loire, France

j'aime beaucoup ce cadrage et l'ambiance de la photo !

15 Jan 2012 10:26am

@marie-france: Merci beaucoup pour vos commentaires très type Marie.

daniela scharnowski from Berlin, Germany

Super angle for this compo, the graphite processing is totally cool with all of this series.

16 Jan 2012 9:56am

StarCosmosBleu from Bedford.Qc, Canada

Great b&w...very nice...nice that paved path leading way out there

16 Jan 2012 1:01pm

Marjolein from Westvoorne, Netherlands

This is also beautifull in black and white

16 Jan 2012 2:36pm

Sally from Glasgow, United Kingdom

that coffee shop is calling me

16 Jan 2012 3:53pm

1/125 second
ISO 200
27 mm (35mm equiv.)