Seattle lights in total darkness

Seattle, WA in Black and White

[/caption] This photo of the Seattle skyline was taken at about 10:00pm and the night sky was pretty dark but not completely void of any color. I wanted to create a black and white photo and try to make the backdrop of the city completely black. After spending several hours going through my best candidates I realized that you need to look for a photo that was taken about 30 minutes after sunset. This way you still have the glare from the city lights in the foreground but a darker night sky behind the city lights. I made sure to take full advantage of Photoshop and found myself changing the blue color change as well as the contrast when the Photoshop was in the convert to black and white graph. I found that if you try to manipulate the color and saturation, while the photo is still in color, you will have a hard time changing it to the convert to black and white graph. Once I was happy with the way the photo looked in black and white I then made some minor changes to the saturation and brightness. I took this photo last summer on 7/11/11 and the day had some clouds so I wanted to make sure that the color scheme of the clouds would be blacked out. I had originally set my ISO to 100 and the white balance at -0.3. I was using my Sigma 17-70mm lens and had my CIR-PL and warming filter attached. I had the camera mode at shutter priority so I could set the speed at 16 seconds and the aperture was at F-6.4. I also had the focal length at 46mm in order to get somewhat of a close up of the city skyline without eliminating too much of the city skyline. I made sure to use my tripod, bubble level and remote switch to avoid any camera shake.

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