The main subject, right? Find here a selection of my favorite pieces of urban photography… but also the story behind it!

Commuting

And for this new Photo of the Week, one of my favourites photos, Commuting:

People commuting from work to home... and under the rain.

This photo was taken during Autumn 2014, on a rainy afternoon. The idea with this photo is to reflect the attitude of the people commuting usually from work to home, they are here physically but are in their own mind, thinking about their own business. The blur of the people shows this both “here but not really here” attitude.

Commuting was taken in a quite long exposure, almost 1 second, for a street photo. It helped creating the people’s blur… and also reduce the ISO and raise the quality, 2 birds with 1 stone! Of course a tripod was mandatory here. I wish I had an umbrella too, my poor Canon 6D was totally wet. At least I now know that the weatherproofing works great.

This photo has been processed in black and white with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, with an accent given on the black in order to reflect the global mood of the scene.

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During the Hungarian Students Days…

It’s Friday, time for a new pic of the week 🙂 And good news, I’m still in love with black and white street photography:

A group of hungarian students going to the kick off demonstration for the Hungarian Student Days 2015 in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. One of them was quite... sexy ;)

During my lunch break at work I met with a group of hungarian students going to the kick off demonstration for the Hungarian Students Days 2015 in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. One of them was quite… sexy 😉

I really like this portrait. Maybe technically it’s not the best photography I’ve ever taken but it has this power, this dynamic, this contrast… and a guy with a wig, an instant classic 😀 I’m just a bit sad I couldn’t manage to go and take more photos of the Students Days, it is usually pretty fun and quite original.

This photo was processed using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom for the standard workflow and then with Google’s Nik Collection Silver Efex Pro 2.

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Five black knights

Five black knights

I crossed this group of black dressed people next to Piata Unirii in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. Just after, having the sidewalk free, they spread in line, and walked like if they were in a movie. I immediately thought of the Nazguls, the infamous black knights (well… kings actually… nevermind) from The Lord of the Rings 😀

This photo has been processed with one of my favorite softwares ever, Google’s Nik Collection Silver Efex Pro, with of course my standard Lightroom workflow.

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The book shop, the cross and the umbrella

The book shop, the cross and the umbrellaA woman with a round umbrella in front of a book shop in Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

I directly felt that I must take that shot. The strict, straight lines of the windows, of the shelves, of the books, contrast with the woman’s round umbrella and the light bulb. I did a the old black & white post processing with Alien Skin Exposure 7, which is a fantastic tool for film-like processing.

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Kissing

A couple kissing, with a nice reflection.

A couple kissing, Piata Unirii, Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

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