Monochrome Photos of Cities and Nature by Patricia Soon

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Patricia Soon Malaysian photographer who creates monochrome images of cities and nature. Her photographs catch the eye with their depth and calmness, futuristic composition and movement. Read about the process of creating monochrome photographs, the dramatic effect of black-and-white.

– Patricia, tell us a little about yourself. How did you become a photographer?

– I am a photographer in Sabah, Malaysia. I love to travel and always notice interesting moments. I prefer to keep them in my pictures with the best lighting possible, with inspiration and creativity in mind. Photography has become a part of my life and has changed it, to some extent even enriching it.

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– What techniques and methods of photo processing do you use?

– My favorite tool for editing black and white photos is Photoshop CC with Nik Silver Efex Pro 2. It has many useful presets that you can use as a base for further image creation. They are an important part of my post-processing workflow, and I also use selections, layers, and luma masks in Photoshop. This gives you full control over the light and tone of the various elements in your photo. With editing tools such as mask technology, gradient, dodge and darker, you can create more custom settings. The last step is sharpening.

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– Why are most of your photographs in black and white?

– Over the past few years, I have become akin to black and white photography, because I consider it a very expressive creative technique that allows you to look at everyday objects from an unexpected angle. Long shutter speeds, non-standard optics, and “introvert post-processing” are ways to bring photographs in line with your emotions. And the flight of clouds and the flow of water when slowing down creates a dramatic mood.

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– What other genres of photography attract you?

“I like a range of genres, including street, abstract, landscape, architecture, and nautical, but most of these are minimalist and long exposure photography.

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