Seattle Times reader Tom Schonhoff’s photo captures the downtown skyline in black-and-white.

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Photographer: Tom Schonhoff, Seattle

Photo taken: Dec. 14, 2014. Magnolia, looking toward the downtown skyline.

Photographer’s description: “On foggy winter mornings, early light mixes with rapidly shifting fog to reveal Seattle in surprising ways. I gave up the iconic Space Needle and ferry boats to give focus to the tree shadows slicing through the fog. Black and white lets the viewer concentrate on the textures and contrasts, which are really the subject of the image.”

Expert says: “I very much enjoy a good black and white photograph and this is one of them. I love how the light ‘slices’ through the fog and the trees. We definitely get to concentrate on the softness of the fog and the crisp rigid darkness of the trees and industrial buildings. And that bird’s silhouette is perfect.

“A tip: Try cropping from the left just to the first building, and from the top, just above the sun. My eye kept wandering to the flat sky and by slightly cropping we direct the focus to the subject of the image. “

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