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P&B. Bucharest, Romania, 2018.
A rainy night in Bucharest – Bucharest, Romania, 2018. Get a print!

I love shooting the streets of Bucharest. I don’t know why, there is something that always inspires me. Some vide, I don’t know. But every single time I go there, I come back with at least one great photo.

This particular photo as been taken during a rainy night at my favourite spot in the Romanian capital, the Union Square (or Piata Unirii for the locals). It’s always full of lights, with an interesting design, and a good looking metro station entrance. A few shots from my portfolio have been done there… This shop’s showcase is a great example of what can be found there. With this yellow/orange lighting, the rain allowing a great reflection on the ground, it was just about waiting for the perfect subject to pass 🙂

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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: Fujifilm X100T
  • Aperture: ƒ/2.8
  • Focale: 70mm
  • Shutter speed: 1/180s
  • ISO: 800
  • Copyright: Pierre Pichot 2018, all rights reserved

Reflection. Cluj-Napoca, Romania, 2016.

Reflection. Cluj-Napoca, Romania, 2016. Get a print.

Autumn has now come over Cluj-Napoca. The sky is grey, the temperature is dropping, everyone’s mood (mine included) is less than stellar. It’s time for challenging myself with a new approach in street photography: getting more abstract. I must admit that the way I’ve photographed the streets until now has been relatively orthodox in a composition point of view: classic rule of thirds, natural frames, etc. Of course, using lower shutter speed or lines has helped spicing things a bit. The dutch angle, too.

A good way to change the composition style is to search for reflections. It forces you to find a different angle, to frame in an original way. You often have to break the rules. Of courses, the rules of composition must be known before being broken… but that’s were the fun lies, am I right?

I found a car with black tinted windows and windshield in a small street of Cluj-Napoca, Romania. Tinted windows usually enhance the mirror effect of the reflection, here nothing from the interior of the car is visible, while with standard windows the interior may be partially visible. It’s a matter of preferences. For this photo, it was a perfect setup, as I wanted to get the very contrasty facade of the restaurant in front of me. Then, I just waited for someone to pass by. It took a few tries to obtain the framing I wanted, beheading the passer-by and have the reflection of his head and bust in the car’s windshield, but in the end, it worked, pretty well!

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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

This reflection

This shot has been taken in next to Mihai Viteazu square in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. We’re not having a very nice summer this year: low-ish temperatures and rain showers are quite common. That’s perfect for me as I don’t like the hot weather, and I love to shoot under the rain! People are rushing, trying to protect from the rain in funny ways… Cluj’s streets are sometimes not very straight and offer some puddles for me to use for this kind of photography, where I try to have a nice reflection of a buildings, of the people, etc. Let’s use the city’s perks in a creative way!

For this photo, on the processing part, nothing really fancy: standard Adobe Lightroom workflow, with a bit of dodge and burn on both the buildings: the real one, to make its lines pop, and the one in the reflection, in order to see it more clearly. I can’t say it was really clean water…

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About this photo:

  • Camera: Canon 6D
  • Lens: Canon EF24-70mm f/2.8L II USM
  • Aperture: ƒ/8.0
  • Focale: 35mm
  • Shutter speed: 1/320s
  • ISO: 100
  • Copyright: Pierre Pichot 2015

She was sitting on a bench, reading an economy book, yes, university has begun :) Then I see her glasses and observe that Cluj-Napoca’s St Michael cathedral is reflecting in it. I got my shot of the day :) I’m quite happy of the resolution of the Canon 6D with the 24-70 lens, this picture being a 100% crop of the original file.

She was sitting on a bench, reading an economy book, yes, university has begun 🙂 Then I see her glasses and observe that Cluj-Napoca’s St Michael cathedral is reflecting in it. I got my shot of the day 🙂 I’m quite happy of the resolution of the Canon 6D with the 24-70 lens, this picture being a 100% crop of the original file.

Processed in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom

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