The making of a fine art architectural image – Gotham

I’ve never really shared so much detail into my images but this particular images is the complex one that I’ve worked in a while so I thought that I would share it with you.

I don’t really discuss how much go into each image because when I first started fine art editing, the amount of work daunting and since I had only just started using photoshop, it was a really slow start and quite discouraging. Besides, I am still finding the workflow that works for me. This image I called it Gotham because of the cluster of the buildings reminds me of Gotham.

This image is of the new skyline of Bank highlighting both new and old architecture clustered together. We all know how to capture long exposure images so I won’t go into that. The image below is the original image straight out of camera and converted into a black and white image. As you can see, the tonal rage is really flat so my aim was to add more contrast and crate an image where the subjects work better together.



First thing I always do is to breakdown the images into basic components. Each building is broken down through selections. This particular image required 21 selections altogether along with luminosity masks. Luminosity masks have been one of my favourite tools since I’ve discovered them and learned how to best use them.

The full selections of the image looked as the image. After the selections are created, then the editing part of the image starts. I usually start with the sky but here I started with each building. I wanted to create something dark that brings about the feeling of being in Gotham. With that in mind, I knew that I had to be dark but with enough details where everything can be seen but also be able to work as a whole image.

To start the image was converted to black and white using NIK Effex as seen in the first image. Then using the selection, each part of the each building I worked on individually. For this, I use a combination of gradient tool and the curves tool to direct and create light and shadows where needed.

The full edit is recorded in the video below. The image took a little over 8 hours to complete. Bare in mind that with each image, the selection are the lengthy part of the edit.



Here is the final image and hope you find this little breakdown into this image.



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