I don’t do many images in portrait orientation, but in this case it seemed like an obvious choice. Anyway, this was a back street I came across exploring the Sicilian town of Randazzo.
I began with a colour image (I capture all my images in colour as this offers the most versatility in post-process) and used a tone compressor plugin to dramatically increase the contrast. Next I used a black and white gradient map to create a greyscale image. Finally I converted to duotone and used one of Photoshop’s quadtoning presets, which added in some subtle brown, green and purple tones to the monochrome. I’m pretty happy with the result.