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Electric stairs. Bucharest, Romania, 2016.

Electric stairs. Bucharest, Romania, 2016. Get an original, limited edition signed print.

Continuing my very own “Bucharest Festival of Lines 2016”, in a similar environment. This time I’ve installed myself at the bottom of an underground metro station entrance, and waited for my subject. It was already late in the afternoon, the sun had already started to set for a few tens of minutes. This way, I could capture the difference of light between the dark inside and the shinier outside, but without a too large difference in light quantity. Unlike in a previous photo of mine, Stairway to…, I didn’t want to have a high contrast between the inside and the outside, so I needed to wait for the right time to get the right amount of light. As I’ve already said, preparing and owning the scene are very important!

Next to that, I had 3 goals for this photo. First of all, I wanted to get lines. Recurrent readers know that I love lines 🙂 Look at all those diagonals! It’s a heaven for me, it makes the photo so graphical and so dynamic in the same time. Second, it’s a scene with a lot of textures. There is this stone wall, the battled metal of the electric stairs, the steps, all of them have their own texture that I wanted to be very visible. That is why lightning was important for me, avoiding to have a too strong contrast. Lastly, I wanted to anonymise my subject. People are often only an element of the urban landscape, and she definitively is only an accessory to the real subject here, the stairs. All of that gives a punchy photo that I really like. And I hope you like it too, don’t hesitate to give me your feeling in the comments below!

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EXIFs:

  • Camera:Fujifilm X100T
  • Aperture: ƒ/5.6
  • Focale: 23mm
  • Shutter speed: 1/250s
  • ISO: 800
  • Copyright: Pierre Pichot 2016, all rights reserved

Stairway to... Bucharest, Romania, 2016.

Stairway to… Bucharest, Romania, 2016.

My regular readers have now understood that I’m a very big fan of lines and graphical elements in my photos. It’s even something I really try to include in my photography, as my eyes are so attracted by geometrical shapes. During a recent trip to Bucharest I’ve found one of my new heavens… in a shape of a stairway.

It’s funny how in urban and street photography some great things happen when you don’t expect it. I don’t refer to the others’ behaviour, which is unexpected anyhow. I’m thinking about this kind of 6th sense that photographers tend to develop, like sniffing in the air that something is happening, that some place may be an interesting spot. It’s what happened when I was looking to buy a bottle of water close to Piata Unirii (Union Square). From all the shops around me, I’ve instinctively chosen the only one which was underground, with the entrance on one side, and the exit on the other side. And when reaching the exit… voilà.

I’ve found this metal stairway with walls made of undulated metal, such a great amount of lines! The sun was shining just in front of the exit, making the old man just a silhouette and the undulated metal shine in such an incredible way. I’ve just waited for the woman to reach the top of the stairs, and the photo was done. I wished I’ve shot more at this very spot, but the security guard was not in a good mood and asked me to leave. No problem, I know the place now, I’ll be back!

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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

 

A few weeks in Japan


Going to Japan has been a dream of mine for more than 15 years. It’s a dream I’ve been able to fulfil in 2015, spending almost 3 weeks over there. This is such an incredible country. So much to see, so much to visit, so much to taste. And so many friendly people. It was a blast for me, and I’m already planning the round 2 as soon as possible 😉

All those photos are available as original, signed prints in limited editions, printed on high quality photographic paper. Contact me for a quote, or go directly to the shop!

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Smily dry fish seller in Ameyoko shopping street, Ueno, Tokyo, Japan.

Ameyoko dry fish seller. Ameyoko Shopping Street, Tokyo, 2015. The whole story. Get a print.

A young woman in yukata wearing a Doraemon mask in the back of her head during the Toukasan Yukata Festival in Hiroshima, Japan.

Doraemon. Yukata Festival, Hiroshima, 2015. Get a print.

Tsukiji Fish Market, Tokyo, Japan, 2015.

Bored. Tsukiji Fish Market, Tokyo, Japan, 2015. Get a print.

A worker at Tsukiji Market, Tokyo, Japan

Worker. Tsukiji Fish Market, Tokyo, Japan, 2015. Get a print.

Workers in Tsukiji Market, Tokyo, Japan

Sellers. Tsukiji Fish Market, Tokyo, Japan, 2015. Get a print.

A teenager promotes a tax free shop for foreigners in Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan.

8% off. Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan, 2015. Get a print.

An old man with a cute fan in Ameyoko shopping street, Ueno, Tokyo, Japan.

Fan & fan. Ameyoko Shopping Street, Tokyo, 2015. Get a print.

3000 yens. Ameyoko shopping street, Ueno, Tokyo, Japan.

3000 yens. Ameyoko shopping street, Tokyo, 2015. Get a print.

Motherhood. Ameyoko shopping street, Ueno, Tokyo, Japan.

Motherhood. Ameyoko Shopping Street, Tokyo, 2015.  Get a print.

Workers salute the shinkansen entering the Osaka station.

Workers salute the Shinkansen entering the Osaka station. Osaka, 2015. Get a print.

Hiroshima: Toukasan Yukata Festival

Child. Yukata Festival, Hiroshima, Japan, 2015.

Kyoto, Japan: Gion, the Geisha neighborhood, under the rain, 2015.

Gion, the Geisha neighbourhood, under the rain. Kyoto 2015. The whole storyGet a print.

Shibuya crossing, Tokyo, Japan, 2015.

Shibuya crossing, Tokyo, 2015. The whole story. Get a print.

A night in Dotonbori, Osaka, Japan, 2015.

A night in Dotonbori. Osaka, Japan, 2015. The whole story. Get a print.

Arashiyama bamboo forest, Kyoto, Japan, 2015.

Arashiyama bamboo forest. Kyoto, 2015. The whole storyGet a print.

Asakusa district, Tokyo, Japan, 2015.

Asakusa at dusk, Tokyo, 2015. The whole story. Get a print.

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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

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