Brian Auer | 11/05/2006 | Ellis Island, NY | 157mm * f/5.6 * 1/60s * ISO400
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I took this one inside of the Ellis Island building on the top floor. It’s an amazing building if you haven’t seen it before. The ceiling in this place is made up of a bunch of huge tiled arches. I just had to do something with them, so many lines and curves up there. I picked a few spots and started framing and composing in various ways. When all was said and done, this one struck me as the best of the shots. I knew, before I even shot it, that I would be turning these black and white. The tiles had different tones and created various patterns. I wanted to exploit that.


  1. Original JPEG
    This is what the camera spit out in the form of a JPEG, but I was also shooting RAW.
  2. Processed RAW
    During the RAW conversion with ACR, I added a little bit of contrast to give me a jump start.
  3. B/W Conversion
    Using Adobe Photoshop CS2, I applied a channel mixer at 18% red, 4% green, and 88% blue. These settings best brought out the contrasting tones in the tiles.
  4. Curves Adjustment
    To boost the contrast, I applied a curves adjustment layer with a slight “S” curve.
  5. Sharpening
    The final step was sharpening, which helped boost the contrast even more and really make the tiles stand out (though it’s hard to see in the scaled down image comparison).


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About Brian Auer

a photography enthusiast from North Idaho. He's also the guy behind the Epic Edits Weblog. As a hobbyist photographer since 2003, his passion has been to constantly improve his photography skill set, to share his own knowledge with others, and to become an integral part of the photographic community.

4 thoughts on “Arches

  1. bestgramps

    I believe I told you to take that picture also. Correct me if I am wrong. Looks good in black and white.

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