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This is the third image in my St. Annes sunset series (the first two are here and here) and may well be my favourite of the four.

This one was converted to black and white using the channel mixer (as described in my Black and White: part one tutorial), then toned using the selective color tool (see my Toning Colour Images tutorial).

On a related note, and as you'll see if you read the 'latest news' bit below, you can currently sign up for one of three of our Photoshop tutorials for free. Our Toning Colour Images tutorial is one of these so, if you're interested in finding out a bit more about the toning techniques I use for both my colour and black and white images (e.g. curves, selective color, channel mixer), sign up for that one.

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16x9 + piers [St. Annes] + fylde coast [scenic] + show the original
comment by Jason at 07:21 AM (GMT) on 14 May, 2010

I think this is my favorite of the series so far. Love the toning. I look forward to number 4 :)

comment by Adrian at 07:41 AM (GMT) on 14 May, 2010

I find it interesting that this is your favourite.

The first two used fairly minimal post-processing and, as such, lacked that "Chromasia" touch you're so well known for. For me, the thing that is often so remarkable about what you do post click is how you bring out the very best the photo has to offer both technically and aesthetically. This shot is more aligned with that tradition and, I think, a stronger shot for it. The other two are sunset shots (very good ones to be sure) but this one is an individual's very personal interpretation of the scene. The viewer can feel it rather than see it.

I'll be interested to watch the comments to see which everyone else prefers and equally look forward to seeing the fourth.

comment by Miles Wolstenholme at 12:46 PM (GMT) on 14 May, 2010

I love this, what a fascinating structure - makes the perfect silhouette.

comment by sil at 04:57 PM (GMT) on 14 May, 2010

Fantastic shot and post processing. I subscribed to the toning tutorial and hope to make good use of it :)

comment by Dave Carrington at 09:41 PM (GMT) on 14 May, 2010

For once, Dave, I prefer the original

Sometimes less is more & better for it...

comment by Carlos Garcia at 12:19 PM (GMT) on 15 May, 2010


I love the processed image AND the original! The processed one is "other-worldly", and, the tones give it a mysterious feel...beautiful. The original is a glorious display of sunset art by the original artist. Great capture!


comment by Ash at 09:16 PM (GMT) on 15 May, 2010

Hi Dave,

Is the "show the original image" hover-link a custom code, or is it freely available? While I don't want to emulate you *too* much, I think it's a really nice touch to show people how much work sometimes goes into an image they assume is as simple as going "click".

comment by djn1 at 06:58 AM (GMT) on 17 May, 2010

Thanks everyone.

Ash: I've emailed you about the code, but have changed it since you commented. I'm now using jQuery rather than JavaScript.

comment by Tom at 05:23 PM (GMT) on 2 June, 2010

Heh. I'd be proud of the original! :-)