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Ghost 03 – Urbex session turns photoshoot

Ghost 03. Cluj-Napoca, Romania, 2017.

Ghost 03. Cluj-Napoca, Romania, 2017. Get a print!

Sometimes while on urban exploration mission you find some incredible places that just ask to be featured on a photo session. That’s the case of this photo. My wife and I switched the scope of the day, shooting an old factory’s abandoned offices, into a photo session where… ghosts invited themselves at the party?! This photo is part of a brand new project named “Ghost”, that I will slowly feature on this website.

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For me, it’s important to share as much info as possible about the photos I take. Therefore, here are the EXIFs for this photo:

  • Camera: Canon 6D
  • Lens:Canon EF24-70mm f/2.8L II USM
  • Aperture: ƒ/5.6
  • Focale: 41mm
  • Shutter speed: 0.6s
  • ISO: 100
  • Copyright: Pierre Pichot 2017, all rights reserved

Shampoo

Shampoo. Cluj-Napoca, Romania, 2016.

Shampoo, Cluj-Napoca, Romania, 2016. Get a print!

Lately I’ve been chasing the lights and interesting subjects through shops’ windows. As the weather is going to be greyer and the sky covered in clouds, the light is going to get much softer than it still is. While soft light is great for street portraits, it’s far from being ideal when you want to play with the contrasts, using the sun rays to light you subject just where you want.

This is just what I did with this lady, waiting for her shampoo at the hairdresser parlour. They have this large vitrine where you can see absolutely everything that is going on. It is situated in a little, narrow street of Cluj-Napoca (Romania), where the sun doesn’t really have the chance to shine. However, a tiny ray of light manage to find a path between the narrow buildings, to fall just on this woman’s face.

Last, but not least, this photo has just been published on 1x.com!

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EXIFs:

  • Camera:Fujifilm X100T
  • Aperture: ƒ/5.6
  • Focale: 23mm
  • Shutter speed: 1/125s
  • ISO: 400
  • Copyright: Pierre Pichot 2016, all rights reserved

Family portrait

Family portrait. Bucharest, Romania, 2016.

Family portrait. Bucharest, Romania, 2016. Get a print.

It’s not always easy for street photographers to find a good background for their subjects… or a good subject for their backgrounds! But sometimes, everything is just as it’s meant to be.

Ads are often seen as visual pollution, an argument that is very understandable, and that I may say myself. But used in a right way, with an artistic purpose, it may gain some sense beyond the “they make me want to buy items I don’t want” thing. It’s the case o this photo: the ad gives this grandpa a virtual family, a few grandkids to look after while he sips his coffee. Of course, that’s just for a moment, just in my mind, but maybe that’s a vision he has, or he had, who knows… A whole new story 🙂

I really enjoy these kinds of sweet juxtapositions. You can take two opposed entities – an ad campaign for a worldwide clothing brand and an old man with his bike and his dog – and mix them to give a new idea, a new purpose.

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EXIFs:

  • Camera:Fujifilm X100T
  • Aperture: ƒ/5.6
  • Focale: 23mm
  • Shutter speed: 1/125s
  • ISO: 100
  • Copyright: Pierre Pichot 2016, all rights reserved

New portfolio entry – DTM – Hungaroring 2016

A short post to ping you, dear reader, about the new portfolio entry I’ve created, dedicated to motorsport: DTM – Hungaroring 2016.

DTM bits - BMW M4 DTM. Hungaroring, Hungary, 2016.

 BMW M4 DTM. Hungaroring, Hungary, 2016

As a big fan of motorsport, of any kind, be single seaters, prototypes, GTs or touring cars, I try to assist to at least a race per year. This year I went to the Hungaroring, Hungary’s Formula 1 track, to assist to the DTM dual header.

The DTM, for Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters, is the leading Touring Cars championship in Germany, and one of the most famous worldwide. It also happens to be one of my favourite series ever, since its rebirth in the 2000’s. It features some V8, 460 HP monsters from Mercedes AMG, Audi Sport & BMW Motorsport. I managed to get close to those fabulous cars during the parc fermé, where the cars are inspected just after the race. Unfortunately, the race has been dominated by Audi and BMW, and as the cars are parked according to their finishing orders, the Mercedes were less visible. But it’s OK, it’s still a treat for the eyes 🙂

This is a big plus for the series, which allows the public to get much closer to the cars and the pilots (I think I’ve met all of them) than Formula 1 does. It makes the full week-end much more eventful… and pleasant too.

DTM bits - Audi RS5 DTM. Hungaroring, Hungary, 2016.

Audi RS5 DTM. Hungaroring, Hungary, 2016.

As I was quite close to the cars I decided to go and shoot bits of them, taking portraits and show their bestial side. It was such an unconventional arrangement of racing cars, I had to take advantage of it, and tried to find a different angle to take their photograph. I can’t see another way to give those cars the hommage they deserve.

Find out the full portfolio with 12 car portraits and bits by clicking this link.

Another direction

The other direction. Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

A few weeks ago I was attending a university graduation ceremony of one of the members of my family. I wasn’t really in a artistic mode to be honest, much more in another direction like  “take portraits with the telephoto as you came late and can’t get closer than 20 meters from the scene” mode. Not my favourite kind of photography, but being the only one in the family with correct photography skills, I was the one that got declared volunteer for this task. I think that it will ring a bell for all the photographers reading this blog post.

Once my relative got his diploma, it got really boring as there were still a LOT of kids that were to receive their precious paper. It gave me time to wander a bit and I found this grey haired man, in this theatre-like place. It was a pretty interesting figure: he was the only one with light coloured hairs, and he was reflecting the lights from the scene like none of the other people in the place. The time for me to move the camera to him, he looked at the other side (the scene is a bit more on the right hand side), and in this other direction he showed me a part of his face. Click, the shutter is released, at least I have my shot of the day 🙂

The processing was fairly straightforward using Adobe Lightroom to turn the photo in black and white and give a lower key feeling. Then, some tiny touches of dodge & burn to raise the overall contrast.

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EXIFs:

  • Camera: Canon 6D
  • Lens: Canon EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
  • Aperture: ƒ/2.8
  • Focale: 150mm
  • Shutter speed: 1/160s
  • ISO: 1600
  • Copyright: Pierre Pichot 2016, all rights reserved