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Mother & Daughter. Cluj-Napoca, Romania, 2016.

Mother & Daughter. Cluj-Napoca, Romania, 2016.

I was talking in a previous post about the importance of being always prepared for a street photographer, and I still stick to it. However, this time, I managed to take this shot because I was NOT prepared 🙂

I go by this nice, graphic place during almost all my photowalks in Cluj-Napoca (Romania). Unfortunately, it is situated in a small street that is almost all the time empty. And when I manage to find someone there, they always go on the other sidewalk, not under these particular arcades. This day, the shadows where very interesting, and I wanted to take a test shot, just for the sake of it. For some reason, my Fujifilm X100T didn’t want to do anything, impossible to focus, impossible to shoot. Until I found out I forgot to take the protective hood out of the lens. Lame, right?

But not that much as on the very same moment this mother and her daughter pass by me continue their way, not minding at all my presence! One or two seconds to frame in a nice, symmetrical way and the photo is on the SD card. Have I not fiddle with my camera because of the forgotten hood, I would have just taken my test shot and continued my way, missing a pretty nice shot! Yes, sometimes, street photographers need luck. I’ve had a good share here.

I really like this photo because it contains a lot of what I try to pack in my photography: symmetry, shadows, graphic elements, and anonymous people. Usually street photography is about showing the human in its context. I always tend to prefer presenting the context with its humans within 🙂

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EXIFs:

  • Camera:Fujifilm X100T
  • Aperture: ƒ/5.6
  • Focale: 23mm
  • Shutter speed: 1/500s
  • ISO: 800
  • Copyright: Pierre Pichot 2016, all rights reserved

Dutch angle. Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

I called this photo “Dutch angle” as a reference to the famous camera tilt technique of “[setting the camera] at an angle on its roll axis so that the shot is composed with vertical lines at an angle to the side of the frame, or so that the horizon line of the shot is not parallel with the bottom of the camera frame”. This is typically the kind of composition I enjoy. I love to play with lines and stripes and tilting the camera in a way that the cross walk stripes are now going diagonal make this photo so dynamic! This combination of now diagonal lines, in two directions, makes a perfect graphical background for street photography.

I shot this dutch angle photo during a street photography workshop part of the Photo Romania Festival 2016 in Cluj-Napoca. It’s was the very first shot of the day, taken just before another picture that I’ve already blogged about. We were in a zone were road works has just been finished and those freshly painted stripes were just… tempting me, inviting me to do something graphical with them. How to refuse this invite? I’m happy this girl with her flowery coat just stepped in the frame, waiting for the green light to pop in. She was a perfect subject for this photo. The only challenge were the cars passing just in front of us, finding the exact timing was not easy but in the end, we did it!

The processing was fairly straightforward using Adobe Lightroom to turn the photo in black and white with Fujifilm‘s camera profiles. I just needed to raise the contrast between the asphalt and the white painted stripes, and voila!

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EXIFs:

  • Camera:Fujifilm X100T
  • Aperture: ƒ/5.6
  • Focale: 23mm
  • Shutter speed: 1/500s
  • ISO: 320
  • Copyright: Pierre Pichot 2016, all rights reserved

Public transportation. Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

While I’m not a fan of winter (damn slippy snow!), I like how the people’s attitude changes. More melancholy. It reflects quite well when you look at the people in public transportation – buses, metro, tramways – that have that look in their eyes. Not necessarily sad, more like if they were looking at something that doesn’t exist… This photo was taken during a cold evening in Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

I did the shot with a Fujifilm X100T, processed with Adobe Lightroom. Here again the fantastic Monochrome profile from Fujifilm and the relatively low noise in high ISO made my day. I just did a bit of dodge & burn to raise the contrast, and that’s it!

EXIFs:

  • Camera: Fujifilm X100T
  • Aperture: ƒ/2.8
  • Focale: 23mm
  • Shutter speed: 1/60s
  • ISO: 5000
  • Copyright: Pierre Pichot 2015, all rights reserved

Commuting III, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Another item of the “Commuting” series, where I try to capture the people going to/from work as shadows. It was taken in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, on Piata Unirii, next to the Memorandum Signer’s monument I shot earlier this year.

Unfortunately, it’s vacation period and it’s not that crowded, si I had to stack a few shots in Photoshop in order to make it a bit busier… and avoid having cars on the frame too!

The black and white processing was done in Adobe Lightroom.

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EXIFs:

  • Camera: Canon 6D
  • Lens: Canon EF24-70mm f/2.8L II USM
  • Aperture: ƒ/5.6
  • Focale: 24mm
  • Shutter speed: 0,6s
  • ISO: 800
  • Copyright: Pierre Pichot 2015, all rights reserved

Contrast: Bright present, dark future

This photo was taken in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. It’s a photo that I really like, full of contrast. I don’t speak about its processing, here 🙂  Bright/dark, young/old, dark hair/white hair, white clothes/dark clothes… This young, beautiful, dark haired girl stands in the light while this older lady with a white hair and dark clothes stay in the dark. Is it a vision of her future? That may be!

While technically not perfect, it’s a photo I really like as it displays the 2 sides of women in Romania. On one side today’s beautiful girls, on the other side the older woman who lived during the communist era, a totally different life. Did I say contrast already? 🙂 It was a reflex shot, as I was roaming in the streets, on the phone, the camera in the other hand. I passed by them, hardly had the time to rotate by 135 degrees, take the camera to my eyes and shoot them. I wish I framed a bit more on the right, but one second later they both moved and the scene was gone.

For this photo, nothing really fancy on the processing side, just a black and white conversion with Adobe Lightroom and a few dodge and burn to give it a more 3D look.

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About this photo:

  • Camera: Canon 6D
  • Lens: Canon EF24-70mm f/2.8L II USM
  • Aperture: ƒ/5.6
  • Focale: 35mm
  • Shutter speed: 1/640s
  • ISO: 100
  • Copyright: Pierre Pichot 2015