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Gas Street Basin (Birmingham return 4 of 9)

Posted by
Doug (Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom) on 31 July 2014 in Cityscape & Urban and Portfolio.

Taken while on a canal boat in Gas Street Basin, the building in front is known as The Cube which is a 24 story building housing, shops, office, restraunt and residential spaces. I played with the processing a little on this one in Silver Efex pro and gave it a high key look then a few final tweaks in Elements.

This series consists of observations from my recent visit to my home City of Birmingham, a place I had not returned to really spend time looking around for over 40 years. The next few days will be my photographic experience of the city through older eyes, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did looking round and taking images.

Canon EOS 60D 1/640 second F/9.0 ISO 100 31 mm


Making an effort to return to AM3 after a bit of an absence, it's really nice to see photo's from all contributors and I will try to comment when I can. If I offer criticism I do so only to help and I do not wish to cause offence. My photography tends to be from my travels, as well as my passion which is wildlife and landscape. I hope you enjoy what you see.
Thanks for your comments I'm really grateful for them and welcome constructive feedback.

Devi from Chennai, India

Beautiful processing....wonderful B&W here !!!

31 Jul 2014 5:31am

michel creze from le havre, France

Belle composition avec cette proue au premier plan , beau noir et blanc et beau traitement !

Beautiful composition with the prow in the foreground, beautiful black and white and beautiful treatment!

31 Jul 2014 7:28am

Martine Libouton from Bousval, Belgium

Une très belle composition j'aime

31 Jul 2014 7:47am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

This is a marvellous tour of the city, Doug. Your B&W theme is excellent as well.

31 Jul 2014 9:41am

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

Really a cool combination here, Doug! I love it - you have these features perfectly arranged (you must be very strong to move the boats around like this :-) Seriously, this is composed magnificent my friend - I love it :-) The processing is awesome ---the cube is a really interesting looking building isn't it? Everything about this shott is fantastic. Thank you for this one, Doug - :-) dj

31 Jul 2014 10:17am

@Denny Jump Photo: Thanks Denny, I was really pleased with how this turned out and to get a shot like this in my old town was an added bonus to me

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

You look as though you might be up to your knees in the canal. Not a good place to be :) Excellent viewpoint and treatment

31 Jul 2014 10:46am

@grouser: Thanks Grouser, it wouldn't have been the first time ;-)

Toscana from Baden, France

Une belle accumulation de graphismes ici Doug, j'adore !
Bonne journée, amitiés, Catherine

31 Jul 2014 10:50am

Julie L. Brown from Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

Nice series Doug!

31 Jul 2014 11:07am

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Splendid framing !

31 Jul 2014 11:25am

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

The point of view is fabulous - I love all of the lines and angles

31 Jul 2014 1:08pm

Jules from Drayton, United Kingdom

You have taken slithering to new levels - I know we have been enjoying seriously hot weather here in the UK, but cooling off in the canal can't be conducive to health LOL. Love how you have combined all the elements here with that high key exposure/processing

31 Jul 2014 1:44pm

@Jules: Thanks Jules. Come now I challenge you to try a bit of canal slithering all you need is a wet-suit and off you go !

Don from United States

A fine shot of this interesting complex of buildings and boats.

31 Jul 2014 2:39pm

Bruce from Tacoma, United States

The photo is great and the narrative makes it perfect. I like your angle with the boat on the right looking like it is coming right toward us.

31 Jul 2014 5:50pm

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Thanks for the explanatory text. An image with lots of information and very interesting! Best, Adela

31 Jul 2014 6:19pm

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Love the high key processing here, nicely done.

I have sent you a private message, could u please have a look and let me know :).

31 Jul 2014 6:24pm

Lena from San Francisco, United States

Interesting composition, great B/W.

31 Jul 2014 6:55pm

Phil Morris from Saskatoon, Toronto, NYC, Canada

Superb point of view makes this more puzzle like, incredible !~

31 Jul 2014 7:39pm

@Phil Morris: Thanks Phil, don't tell anyone but we were in a canal boat and fortunately managed to hold the camera close to the waterline to compose this

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

Great pov and b&w processing.

31 Jul 2014 11:26pm

Baldwin Vandewalle from Bejuma, Venezuela

Beautifully composed monochrome and excellent treatment !!! I like your low POV too ...

1 Aug 2014 12:06am

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Wonderful b&w image and a great perspective. The presents a wonderful contrast of the old and the new. I really like the boats.

1 Aug 2014 12:16am

L'Angevine from Angers, France

oh superbe ce cadrage,bravo

1 Aug 2014 7:52am

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

Beautiful framing. Like how every part of the scene is linked the one in the other one.

1 Aug 2014 8:45am

Canon EOS 60D
1/640 second
ISO 100
31 mm