Writing with Light

Freedom Tower

Project 52 Entry #40

Formerly known as the Freedom Tower, One World Trade Centre is the lead building, currently going up,  as part of the new World Trade Centre complex. It’s quite an impressive building standing high above lower Manhattan. This shot was taken from the churchyard of St. Paul’s Chapel directly across the street.

I converted this to B&W using Topaz Black & White Effects and then used a layer mask to bring back the color in the tombstones.

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36 responses

  1. Absolutely gorgeous, Edith! I like the way you process the image, B&W and color at the bottom, it works so well. Great job!


    March 14, 2012 at 7:51 am

  2. I would have put the copyright somewhere else in the frame, looks like it RIP 😉


    March 14, 2012 at 8:19 am

  3. You did great with this one dear Edith Levy. It talks deeply… and deeply hits… Thank you, with my love, nia


    March 14, 2012 at 9:37 am

  4. You always find a good position and point of view.


    March 14, 2012 at 10:20 am

  5. Very nicely captured Edith. Like the selective color. I have not been down there since 9/11 (I used to work on Wall Street). I am going to try to get there soon.


    March 14, 2012 at 10:28 am

  6. Very daring composition to break up the building with the trees like that. Topaz is a tool I’ve yet to try out. Liking the results though.


    March 14, 2012 at 10:34 am

  7. How beautiful!


    March 14, 2012 at 10:59 am

  8. What a stunning compositin.
    Great point of view.
    The only thing I would have changed is the watermark, I wold have placed it somewhere else, it looks like Edith Levy is the one buried there 😉


    March 14, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    • Thanks so much for the comments Pablo. You’re not the only one who mentioned the placement of the watermark. I guess I should have paid moe attention to that. I’m happy to report though that I’m alive and well 🙂


      March 14, 2012 at 2:12 pm

  9. Love the use of selective color here Edith, outstanding shot!


    March 14, 2012 at 12:43 pm

  10. Love the bw processing.


    March 14, 2012 at 1:22 pm

  11. Nicely done. Have you ever tried Silver Efex Pro 2 by Nik Software? Thats my favorite BW plugin.


    March 14, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    • Thanks. I haven’t tried Silver Efex but I know a lot of photographers love it. I will try it out one of these days. I’m a big fan of the Topaz suite of plug-ins and B&W Effects is a powerful tool.


      March 15, 2012 at 10:47 pm

      • I love Adjust. I use it on a lot of my HDR images.


        March 16, 2012 at 12:24 am

  12. Nice shot, Edith. I really like that you contrasted color with b&w but also old with new(er). Very inviting composition.


    March 14, 2012 at 3:54 pm

  13. Nice composition and use of selective color. Works quite well here.


    March 14, 2012 at 7:32 pm

  14. Awesome work, Edith. Love the way you processed this. Really turned out great. The tombstones stand out nicely.

    I took a similar shot from virtually that same spot on my last visit. http://bit.ly/w7kOx8


    March 14, 2012 at 10:46 pm

  15. Rich McPeek

    Very nice Edith! Awesome choice on the processing!


    March 15, 2012 at 5:42 am

  16. nicely done. i would have expected the color vs. b&w to have been opposite of the way they are. (good thinking:-)


    March 15, 2012 at 10:15 am

  17. doephotog

    Very interesting shot. Looks really cool.


    March 15, 2012 at 11:25 am

  18. Love what you’ve done to the image, it’s surreal, like the location. I’ve been to NYC several times, can’t get enough as a tourist and wish I just had a “photo day” by myself. But I’m always bringing friends and family. Great to see it through their eyes, but the M&M store can get a big monotonous the 3rd or 4th time around.


    March 15, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    • Thanks for visiting and commenting. You made me laugh…most of my trips revolved around Toys R Us in Times Square.


      March 15, 2012 at 10:46 pm

  19. Just love this one Edith!


    March 16, 2012 at 10:42 am

  20. sil

    Really beautiful work and I love the selective color. Well done!


    March 18, 2012 at 11:22 am

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