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on Aug 7, 2010.


  • Trish

    Hi Disha, please state your question so that others can respond. Thanks.

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  • A former member

    Sorry I forgot to post my question... I took this shot on a relatively sunny day but I just loved the angle and the color of the clouds so much I tried to manipulate it to look a bit grim. My intention was to take a shot of a silvery city which would feel cold and distant. But I couldn't quite capture it. Are there elements that I could have juxtaposed to bring that about?

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  • Russ K.

    I think this picture very much works at portraying the city as cold and distant. The sky, the buildings and the water all work to heighten this idea. I do note that some of the buildings have very slightly warm tones, as do the trees on the shoreline. If you bent the colours even a little further towards the blue (or subtracted yellow), I bet this would get even colder. cheers, Russ

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  • A former member

    Since I love modern city's and skyscrapers, and especially since I love Vancouver, I think it would be hard for me to see this as cold and distant. But since you have pushed it to the background it is distant and since you've removed the normally bright colours from the buildings I'd say you have achieved the coldness. Perhaps the foreground is too rich to make this as negative as you wanted. What makes you feel that this missed the mark?

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  • Trevor G.

    If you want your image to feel more cold and distant. You could try and saturate the blues more. As blue is universal for cold. There are a few ways to achieve this. There is the levels for adjusting exposure levels. But within levels you can adjust the RGB's individually. But I think a more appropriate method is to go into "image" then "adjustments and then "selective color" You can adjust red, yellow, blue, green, cayan, magenta, white, grey and blacks. I would suggest greying out the other colors except blue (just slightly) so it gets the silvery you desire. Then you can darken and lighten the tones to pull more contrast out. It will take some work But this image has the potential, for the effects you want.

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