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La Samaritaine was one of the largest department stores in Paris. It has been closed for a few years, officially because of safety issues but mostly because it has been losing money for years if not decades.

This photo is all I could get today, I'm not satisfied with the B&W conversion but the light was so bad I didn't know what to do with it.

Arnaud Gomes
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  • Sandy Hancock - Monday 21 October 2013 23:17
    It is desperately flat. Maybe crank the contrast all the way and tweak the black and white sliders to produce a screen print effect.
  • Sandy Hancock - Monday 21 October 2013 23:32
    I had a quick go at re-processing it Arnaud. Guest pass to private image on flickr:
  • todd - Tuesday 22 October 2013 02:34
    i hear ya.. that's why we call it a challenge, right? :cool:
  • mattt - Tuesday 22 October 2013 02:53
    Some times our harshest critics are ourselves. The B&W is fine considering the nature of the light, and there is no clipping to speak of. While the detail above might be more interesting during a bright blue skied day, i'm curious if you've looked at moderate crops where the lower sign is much more the focal point of the shot. IT is much more contrasty and really stands out, where as the letters up top have less impact because of the grey sky.
  • Jamfke - Tuesday 22 October 2013 03:51
    Perhaps a perspective change in PP would make this more pleasing.
  • nono - Tuesday 22 October 2013 08:50
    @ Sandy Hancock : Thanks, your take is much better than mine.

    @ mattt : You're probably right about the crop. I would have liked to show more of the lower part of the building but I was on the other side of the street with a flow of cars in between so this is the best I could do to get a clear view.
  • utak - Tuesday 22 October 2013 17:53
    I'm 100% sympathetic here - big buildings from certain angles do look flat on photo whereas in real life they have more "depth"!
  • hypernotactive - Friday 25 October 2013 00:58
    nice one