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I was going through the photos I shot today and found this one.

In really taking a good look at this shot, I wasn’t really happy with the greyish buildings around the Biltmore.  Their bleakness reminded me of prison guards escorting a prisoner to his or her cell. 

So, I decided to do a bit of playing.

Most cities have a reputation of being fairly colorless, whether they are or not.  In this case, the Biltmore is a particularly colorful building in the downtown part of the city of Los Angeles.  It’s difficult to miss at sunset when you’re in the downtown area.  Its mostly orange and yellow appearance is like a canary in a cage full of blackbirds.

So, I decided to play up that colorfulness by using PhotoShop Elements 8 to render the buildings to each side of the Biltmore in stark black and white, while leaving the hotel in it’s beautiful natural plumage.

I hope you enjoy  my work.  Creative comments and criticism are always welcome!

Exposure Time: 0.008s (1/125)
Aperture: f/5.6
ISO: 320
Focal Length: 48mm (72mm in 35mm)