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Baltic Cruise — Tallinn, Estonia Part 4


Tallinn, Estonia

Many of today’s photographs were taken in or near Tallinn’s old Town Square (Raekoja plats), site of the Tallinn Town Hall built in 1404.

Old Town Square, Tallinn

Old Town Square, Tallinn

The tower in the background of the photograph below is part of the Town Hall:

Tallinn, Estonia

The great thing about this area of Tallinn is, of course, the wealth of architectural detail:

Tallinn, Estonia

Tallinn, Estonia

Tallinn, Estonia

Tallinn, Estonia

Tallinn, Estonia

After this week’s Fun Photo Friday it’s time for us to move on to our next Baltic destination — St. Petersburg, Russia.

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Baltic Cruise — Tallinn, Estonia Part 3


Tallinn, Estonia

Traipsing around Tallinn is a fun experience. There is much to take in, as well as photograph. Whitewashed buildings with colorful banners, for example:

Tallinn, Estonia

Then there are the silent monks haunting the Danish King Garden:

Danish King Garden

Danish King Garden

Turn the corner around Town Hall and you might even see a green dragon acting as a downspout:

Copper dragon downspout, Town Hall, Tallinn

Of course, there’s always some place to stop for a quick bite, and outdoor European cafés are great for that, as any pigeon will tell you:

Margo Café, Tallinn

Candid street photography is always fun:

Tallinn, Estonia

But, then, so too is the joy of capturing interesting architectural details and street scenes:

Tallinn, Estonia

Tallinn, Estonia

Tallinn, Estonia

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Fun Photo Friday — Tallinn Favorites 1


Tallinn in B&W

Frequently you’ll find highly textured subjects a natural for black & white conversion. The absence of color seems to enhance the texture, especially if the subject to monochromatic from the start.

Tallinn in B&W

Tallinn in B&W

Stark shadows in relief against a bright background can also be enhanced with B&W conversion, such as with these two images:

Tallinn in B&W

Tallinn in B&W

But not all textured, monochromatic images benefit from such treatment. Occasionally you’ll stumble across the exception, in which just a hint of color makes the image pop. Below is an example of what I mean, where just a hint of exposed red brick and a rusty discoloration beneath the wooden doors serve to contrast an otherwise monochromatic composition.

Sometimes a little color helps an otherwise monochromatic shot

Taking the shot above and converting it to B&W, even after filtering for green to darken the reddish brick, just doesn’t have the same oomph, in my view:

B&W conversion after green filtering

Taking the same image and converting after red filtering makes for an even blander translation:

Color filtering for B&W photographs, you ask? Yes. We’ve had a lesson or two (or three) on this before:

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