First of all, thanks for the interesting discussion on my previous entry, regarding the merits of conventional photography versus taking an approach more closely oriented towards the post-production of the initial capture. It's not a new argument, and not one that's likely to be resolved at any point soon, if ever, but it's an interesting topic nonetheless.

Anyway, in light of that discussion, here's a shot where the original does a much better job of standing on its own merits:

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Personally, I prefer the final version – it's moodier, and more about the structure and composition than the contrasting colours – but do feel free to disagree ;) The black and white conversion was done using the Channel Mixer (as described in this tutorial), then the image was toned using a Curve (as discussed here).

And in case you're wondering, this was shot with a polariser, hence the much darker sky in the top-right corner of the image.

Oh, and on a totally different matter, we're running a competition today to win a lifetime membership (and some hefty discounts) to our Photoshop tutorials. If you're interested, there's some further information here:

http://www.chromasia.com/tutorials/online/competition.php

captured
camera
lens
focal length
aperture
shutter speed
shooting mode
exposure bias
metering mode
ISO
flash
image quality
RAW converter
cropped?
12.17pm on 9/3/10
Canon 5D Mark II
EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
40mm
f/3p5
1/400
aperture priority
+1/3
evaluative
100
no
RAW
ACR
no
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