Well, not that easy to explain, and it is a technique I am still working on.
Black & White conversion obviously. With a B&W picture it is always possible to go much further in contrast manipulation before the picture really starts to look odd.
Then, the whole "game" is about lowering the global contrast of a picture without loosing micro contrast (fast transitions between dark and light areas).
Darken bright areas, espacially the very bright highlights. Brighten dark areas, but without loosing the black point, this is very important in order to keep some picture dynamic. Use quite strong sharpening, again, to bring back some micro contrast Applying strong noise reduction helps also I guess, it creates solid tones areas, giving a nice clean effect.
In this picture, it is all done in Lightroom, using mainly tone curves and the basic sliders
TimetosaybyeFeatured By OwnerDec 6, 2013Student Photographer
I do think it's a awesome photo! I never seen anything like this. What city is it? I have been to smaller cities, But never been to a big city like this. I think I would feel small and suffocate down there with out my space.
It is a view of New York from the top of the Empire State building.
When I made that trip this summer, I think I was just like you : afraid of what would be the impact of the size of that city, the crowd, etc. Actually it has been a great surprise : a beautiful city, immense, but where I really felt at ease. If you've never been there, you should plan it someday. It is like being inside a movie all day long