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Those who have been following my photographic work for any amount of time would know that toning has never really been a big part of my workflow. I just had to do it with this shot though!

I was particularly fond of the high contrast look and feel that the city lights bought to the black and white version of this image (something like the ‘Sin City’ look)… and when I added that cool, blue, Selenium tone to it, I knew I had to work this image through to publication.

The only other thing that needed to be done here was to add a subtle post-crop vignette, which helped to emphasise that cloud hanging behind two-thirds of the city (and the contrast between it and the dark, night sky behind the other third). Now I can’t stop looking at it! grins


  1. A Night Somewhere group (13/04/2011)
  2. Downtown! group (25/04/2011)
  3. Quality Unlimited Photography group (27/04/2011)
  4. Hometown photography group (29/04/2011)
  5. Canon DSLR group (29/04/2011)
  6. Life in the City, Suburbs, or Bush group (3/05/2011)
  7. HDR in B&W/Monochromes group (8/05/2011)

Technical Data:

  1. Canon EOS 450D camera;
  2. Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 lens @ 34mm
  3. 60.0sec @ f/8.0 (ISO 100)
  4. Manfrotto 190XB tripod with 804RC2 head
  5. Remote Shutter Release


  1. Corrections applied using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3.3 and Adobe Photoshop CS5 Extended;
  2. B&W and Selenium Tone applied using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3.3.

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  • Clive S
    Clive Sover 3 years ago

    I think that the toning works really well here Jason. It has a really crisp and clean feel to it. The vignetting also rounds it off for me. Lovely shot.

  • Thanks so much, Clive – glad it worked for you! :)

    – Jason Green

  • Wendi Donaldson
    Wendi Donaldsonover 3 years ago

    Very nicely processed Jason!! Works very well.

  • Glad you liked it, Wendi… and thanks for taking the time to comment!

    – Jason Green

  • John Vandeven
    John Vandevenover 3 years ago

    Superb night shot Jason…Looks great in B&W and love the processing…

  • Thanks, John… glad you like it :)

    – Jason Green

  • Don Alexander Lumsden (Echo7)
    Don Alexander ...over 3 years ago

    Stunning. Congrats

  • Thanks so much for the feature… greatly appreciated!!!

    – Jason Green

  • Thomas Eggert
    Thomas Eggertover 3 years ago

    Simply Beautiful!!

  • Thanks, Thomas – glad you like it!

    – Jason Green

  • joel Durbridge
    joel Durbridgeover 3 years ago

    haha! know what you mean by “cant stop looking at it” i just came away with one of those too.
    The original looks awesome, so too the toned one! great work!

  • Thanks, Joel – glad you liked it (PS loving your latest work!)

    – Jason Green

  • PhotosByG
    PhotosByGover 3 years ago

    Your photo has been featured in ‘Downtown!’

    You have captured the vibrancy and excitement of the city and it’s exactly what we are looking for in this group.

    Congratulations! and thanks for adding your work to ‘Downtown!’

  • Thanks so much for the feature… much appreciated! :)

    – Jason Green

  • Selina Ryles
    Selina Rylesover 3 years ago

    Stunning – I love this capture so inspirational

  • Thanks, Selena… good to hear that it was inspiration for you!

    – Jason Green

  • pdsfotoart
    pdsfotoartover 3 years ago

    nice shot and well processed. this has coolness written all over it

  • Thanks, Peter… glad you like it!

    – Jason Green

  • Kornrawiee
    Kornrawieeover 3 years ago

    My friend:)
    This is your splendid artwork by great idea and created, it’s the winner of my day:)
    Smile to someone you love everyday…life is too short as we know.

    Take care,

  • Glad you like it, Sunny… and thanks for stopping by and commenting! :)

    – Jason Green

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