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Strangers in the dark III. Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

Strangers in the Dark III. Cluj-Napoca, Romania, 2015.

Third item from my “Strangers in the Dark” ongoing project, this photo is very intriguing but also very dear to me. I’ve passed by the little street I’ve shot it maybe a hundred time before that night of December, and I have never noticed anything. It’s an old street with cobblestones, in the older center of Cluj-Napoca, very narrow, which gives on the Union Square. I’ve almost been there only by day, it was obviously a mistake, you have to go there by night.

It was a cold, winter night. I’ve just finished a bad day at work, I remember it was “not a good day for science”, as they say… I needed to get my head clear, why not grabbing my now always-by-my-side Fujifilm X100T and get some fresh air… and maybe a few shots. When I was on the sidewalk on the Union Square I saw this steam cloud, and knew there was something to do with it. After a first few shots from far away, the light from a shop on the right got lit up and this huge, staring face made its appearance!

It was time for me to dive a little deeper in this dark street and take advantage of this new scene. Always observe what’s happening, how you scene is changing, that’s what I call owning the scene. Then I just need a little more patience to get the steam cloud visible enough and have people passing by, to get the right shot. A lot of patience actually, as the wind started to blow, it was pretty cold out there… But it’s worth it, the effect is pretty spectacular, isn’t it?

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EXIFs:

  • Camera:Fujifilm X100T
  • Aperture: ƒ/2.8
  • Focale: 23mm
  • Shutter speed: 1/60s
  • ISO: 6400
  • Copyright: Pierre Pichot 2015, all rights reserved

Strangers in the dark VII. Cluj-Napoca station, Romania.

Strangers in the Dark VII. Cluj-Napoca, Romania, 2016. Get a print.

I love shooting in the dark. I love train station. I love street photography. I love contrast. I love lines. I love curves. I love shooting strangers. I love the night. I love black & white. And if I can put everything in one single frame, I’m the happiest photographer in the world 🙂 This photo has been shot at the Cluj-Napoca train station during last winter, on a tripod. It’s a long exposure (2 seconds), giving me this incredible atmosphere.

I must say I’m quite proud of this photo, which has been published on 1x.com (not an easy task!) and will be also published in several expositions this year!

Shot with a Canon 6D then process in black and white with Adobe Lightroom and Nik Collection Silver Efex.

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EXIFs:

  • Camera: Canon 6D
  • Lens: Canon EF24-70mm f/2.8L II USM
  • Aperture: ƒ/8.0
  • Focale: 70mm
  • Shutter speed: 2s
  • ISO: 100
  • Copyright: Pierre Pichot 2016, all rights reserved

Face to face. Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

A face to face between a man and his flat, metal alter ego. JPEG straight of of the camera, no processing except a little crop!

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EXIFs:

  • Camera: Fujifilm X100T
  • Aperture: ƒ/8.0
  • Focale: 23mm
  • Shutter speed: 1/125s
  • ISO: 640
  • Copyright: Pierre Pichot 2015, all rights reserved

Stairs. Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

Shot in the stairs just after I parked in my usual parking spot, going to work… Any place is a great spot for photography if you can find a graphical element in it.

As for the processing, I just added a bit of clarity in Adobe Lightroom… and that’s all. This is actually a JPEG direct from my new Fujifilm X100T! I’ve been shooting JPEG in the last few days and it gives me awesome results.

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EXIFs:

  • Camera: Fujifilm X100T
  • Aperture: ƒ/5.6
  • Focale: 23mm
  • Shutter speed: 1/125s
  • ISO: 1600
  • Copyright: Pierre Pichot 2015, all rights reserved

A building in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, nicknamed as the "Half Moon" because of its shape.

The “Half Moon” is the nickname of an office and residential building in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. It is nicknamed this way because of its shape… which is more of a quarter of a moon 🙂 Well… never mind… It is one of the very first shots I did with my Fujifilm X100T and it looks fantastic with the Black & White with red filter setting, giving an awesome fine art architecture look with no effort. I just did a bit of dodge and burn in Adobe Lightroom in order to raise the contrast.

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EXIFs:

  • Camera: Fujifilm X100T
  • Aperture: ƒ/11
  • Focale: 23mm
  • Shutter speed: 1/2000s
  • ISO: 2000
  • Copyright: Pierre Pichot 2015, all rights reserved