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Photographer Hugo de Wolf  Hugo de Wolf {Karma:185110}
Project #49 Dramatic Portrait Camera Model Pentax ME Super
Categories People
Transportation
Film Format
Portfolio Emotions
Lens Pentax  SMC FA 50mm ´1,4
Uploaded 4/11/2005 Film / Memory Type Kodak  T-Max
    ISO / Film Speed 3200
Views 1405 Shutter 1/30
Favorites Aperture f/1.4
Critiques 50 Rating
5.59
/ 16 Ratings
Location City -  London
State - 
Country - United Kingdom   United Kingdom
About It's all about atmosphere....

Your comments are, as usual, very much appreciated!
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There are 50 Comments in 1 Pages
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THEODORE STAMOULIS THEODORE STAMOULIS   {K:2507} 1/7/2006
Yes it is.

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josep alsina josep alsina   {K:19880} 12/21/2005
Excelente fotografÝa en blanco y negro y bonito el grano de la misma. Un cordial saludo de
Josep

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atalay karacaorenli atalay karacaorenli   {K:1557} 7/16/2005
I like this dramatik portre hugo. congr.

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PK- Photos PK- Photos   {K:13099} 4/23/2005
Hi Hugo, very good intense portrait, its interesting to see the effect with the Kodak 3200. My workshop for bw-photos especially to develop the photos by myself was "very"interesting and its a lot of fun, but not easy for the first time. Thanks very much for your comment!

best regards,
Pia :)

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altur .   {K:6087} 4/21/2005
Nice expression and atmospher well captured. I also like the DOF here.
Best regards, Alex

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Ian McIntosh Ian McIntosh   {K:42997} 4/21/2005
This kind of emotion kind of rare instreet shots. Hooray for 1.4!

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Omar Rifaat   {K:10141} 4/18/2005
Hugo,
This is a very nice 'journalistic' shot that naturally captures the essence of the moment. Its a simple journey yet you feel the deeper emotions and relationships with each other and yourself very clearly..
Omar

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G-`FerRo GF G-`FerRo GF   {K:676} 4/17/2005
a nice candid shot .. goot timing in capturing the moment ... the quite shallow DOF adds more "drama" to the photo ...

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Michele Berti   {K:14921} 4/15/2005
compositionally very good Hugo! This photograph has a special flavour very hard to explain... it looks like a scene of a film. Very well captured.

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Antonia BauerleinSehnert   {K:30599} 4/14/2005
I like their expressions, but more after spending time in the immediately preceding post -- these make a fine tryptic! Very nice series. (I like the grain, but the soft focus bothers my eyes a bit as I strain to make it right. This could be more a function of my tired eyes in contacts late at night rather than your need to correct. ) Antonia

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Elena Zabelina   {K:23212} 4/14/2005
Great journalistic and documentary shoot, dear Hugo. It looks like you did it through moving bus window. I can't belive so great picture you did in so slow(1/30) speed. You have a good hands and fast respond to situation. Excellent photo! Very nature emotions and wonderful atmosfere... Congratulation! ...and thanks for sharing. 7+++
Lena

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Fadel J Fadel J   {K:13974} 4/14/2005
Great atmoshphere Hugo, love the lighting and grains of it a lot!

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Orazio Minnella Orazio Minnella   {K:49417} 4/13/2005
Great double portrait.Nice tones and beautiful DOF.Well done,my friend.
Orazio

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Alastair Bell   {K:29571} 4/13/2005
Again the graininess of the film enhances and engages the viewer... and the expressions of the people are natural and unaware of the camera, focused on something to the right of the photographer.. Excellent image!!!

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James Hager   {K:6285} 4/13/2005
Nice smiles, and I like the guy peering around from behind the woman. I'd prefer a bit more sharpness on the woman, but I assume that this was handheld on a moving subway. ... Oh, I see it was a bus.

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Hugo de Wolf Hugo de Wolf   {K:185110} 4/13/2005
Hi Riny, Yup, zo'n oude dubbeldekker. Goed om weer van je te horen. Alles OK? Dank voor je reactie,

Groeten,

Hugo

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Hugo de Wolf Hugo de Wolf   {K:185110} 4/13/2005
Hi Lee, no compulsive urge to yawn yet.... Only smiles, here! Thanks for your comment,

Cheers,

Hugo

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Hugo de Wolf Hugo de Wolf   {K:185110} 4/13/2005
Hi CB, Good to hear from you again! How're you?

Cheers,

H.

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Hugo de Wolf Hugo de Wolf   {K:185110} 4/13/2005
Hi Lori, thanks for your comment, I have to agree on the lower right corner. Should've cropped it off.

Cheers,

hugo

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Hugo de Wolf Hugo de Wolf   {K:185110} 4/13/2005
Hi Michael, I think I would've cropped this image on second thought following Randy's advice. The documentary thing is correct, it was a wedding shoot on a very grey day in February. Not the best time to shoot, so I deliberately decided to go for this look.

Thanks for your comment,

Cheers,

hugo

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Hugo de Wolf Hugo de Wolf   {K:185110} 4/13/2005
Hi Stefan, thanks for your comment. I'm not so sure it's only the motion unsharpness; I had to react fairly quicly, and as you know the pentax ME only focusses manually, so I might've missed it in the nick of time.

I can only agree with your last count, but as this shot was taken as a part of a wedding reportage, I didn't have a choice. The weather was ugly all day long, especially at night in a dimly lit bus. I attached a larger series to my reply to Randy, which I think does show the pleasant mood. I think a different camera might've worked, but a flash would've ruined everything.

Cheers,

Hugo

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Hugo de Wolf Hugo de Wolf   {K:185110} 4/13/2005
Hi Randy, per attached the collage I promised, and a correction.... You ar right about the crop, but I didn't use it here either. Guess I remembered it differently:)

Cheers,

hugo

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Hugo de Wolf Hugo de Wolf   {K:185110} 4/13/2005
Hi Randy, Thanks a lot for your indepth analysis, very helpful. The increase in noise is mainly because i did remove most of the noise in the previous one using Nikon Capture. This one is more genuine. Per attached the entire series in this setting. About the lighing, although the light was more ambient, there was less light on a whole, That may also have influenced the outcome.

I can only agree about the crop. This is the entire frame, but in the album, I did use the crop you suggested.

I just uploaded the third, which is, IMO, a mix between the first and the second where lighting and grain is concerned.

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Hugo de Wolf Hugo de Wolf   {K:185110} 4/13/2005
Hi Andrej, there are a few things here. Shooting at 1/30' in a moving bus is quite difficult, and needed to focus quickly on this one. And the blurred man is nothing more than a shallow DOF, caused by the f/1.4. The lighting conditions were rather poor. It is, however the mood I tried to create, and even if the lighting would've been better, I think I still would've used a shallow DOF. Imagine a cold and rainy day, drizzling all day long, when this group of friends entered the bus, warm and cosy, having had the right amount to drink....:)

Thanks for your comment!

Cheers,

Hugo

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Riny  Koopman   {K:19998} 4/13/2005
The toning is SUPER and looks great in B&W!

Is dat niet een ouwe stads bus uit de jaren zestig

Groetjes,

Riny.

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Dan Lightner   {K:12684} 4/13/2005
There is a great atmosphere to this shot , the grain in this is a bonus.

Dan

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Jan .   {K:8693} 4/12/2005
I love the shot...the composition, the grain, the atmosphere, but I must say I find the round flare above his head distracting...though her expression more than makes up for it!

Regards
Jan

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Lee Harris   {K:14694} 4/12/2005
It's about the atmosphere.....
Well Hugo judging by the smiles and I don't think there posed smiles.. that the atmosphere was just great.
This image puts off a fun feel to me.
Well done.
Lee
ps I will make you yawn !

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Carlheinz Bayer   {K:14220} 4/12/2005
Yes! Like that! Grain, soft focus and the smiles create a great portrait. NICE!!!
CB

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Thilo Bayer Thilo Bayer   {K:50358} 4/12/2005
hi Hugo,

sometimes, the imperfection is the perfect choice. grain and unsharpness add a lot to this image, and I really like the natural outcome. it seems that they know you ;-)

format & framing are great here.

best wishes,

thilo

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Saeed Al Shamsi Saeed Al Shamsi   {K:47735} 4/12/2005
Aperture works great into differentiate the shallow dof, which put this young lady in first spot, the man in background did an option of contrast, and gave the natural pose a beauty and consistency, am not fan of grainy ,but to be honest it fit perfectly your subject style. Regards. Saeed

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Chris Spracklen   {K:32552} 4/12/2005
A fine candid capture, Hugo! The graininess certainly adds to the atmosphere.
Nice work, as ever.
Best regrads, Chris

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Rob Ernsting Rob Ernsting   {K:8899} 4/12/2005
Mooie korrel en vriendelijke gezichten. Rob.

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NN  NN     {K:26787} 4/12/2005
You?ve captured very natural smiles here and a nice moment of interaction in a tube (?), a place where people seldom smile. The tiny bright spot in the LR corner is slightly distracting, but that?s a minor thing, of course. As a viewer, one feels like belonging to this nice group of people :)

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Carmem A. Busko   {K:48785} 4/12/2005
Hi, Hugo, I agree with Randy?s words... as a expected triptych, it a good addiction, and fits the purpose.
But considering the picture itself, noise is a little dsturbbing... and the light gray point on lower right corner could be cloned, or cropped.
Anyway, their smiles are great, and captivating and it was a nice moment to register.
Cheers!
Carmem

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Ursula Luschnig Ursula Luschnig   {K:21723} 4/11/2005
I like the sweet and natural smiles,and the grain makes it soft...a positive impression.
Cheers,Ursula

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Lori Stitt   {K:75282} 4/11/2005
Hi Hugo,

Nice lighting captured in this portrait.
The use of grain does add a lot to this
image. GREAT expressions on both of them.

Very nicely done Hugo. The only thing that kind of bothers me is the light spot in the lower right corner. But, that's just me!

Good work,
Lori :)

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Massimo    {K:5595} 4/11/2005
bellissimo questo ritratto,ottimo in tutto.
massimo

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Dubravko Grakalic   {K:25235} 4/11/2005
yes nice atmosphere here..
your transport project is good..

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Michael Kanemoto Michael Kanemoto   {K:22115} 4/11/2005
This works for me -
No blur. This is grain from the high speed TMAX film that you are using - the crystals in that film are super large in order to suck up what little light there is on the subway. Interesting that you went for an old-skool approach, but I have to admire that.

Fairly good rules of thirds, cropped to essentials. Nice DOF to bring in the woman.

This has a nice feel to it of newspaper or documentary - so if this was the intent spot on. The subway lighting is not the most beautiful or artistic - so I think you maximized on the environment.

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Don Loseke Don Loseke   {K:32503} 4/11/2005
That's a sweet smile. Really pushing the Tmax. Been a while since I shot film. Always enjoyed it but seem to get along better with digital . Thanks for sharing. Don.

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Stefan Engstr÷m   {K:24473} 4/11/2005
The composition is what I like best about this. I am guessing that it is not focus but motion unsharpness that created the slight blur here and as you know the mighty unsharp mask loses it's power with grainy film (unless you want really sharp grain :-). I like their expressions but I think this is a testament to that low light is often bad light. If atmosphere is what you want this provides it on an expressive level, but not as much on purely photographic merits.

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Randy Lorance Randy Lorance   {K:24769} 4/11/2005
A nice 2nd image for your series. I was one who liked the high contrast in the first as I thought it added to the close quarters feeling, and when put together with others in the collage was even more effective. In this, with window in background, less extreme darkness would be expected, but lower edge seems distracting, as if it were lightened in PS and pushed too far creating a singed appearance. I also wonder why more noise is apparent in this second shot though it appears there was more ambient light.
As noise helps convey story a photo tells,it is appropiate the image with these subjects contains more than the proper businessman did,the level,particularly on the woman's face,seems a bit high. The composition itself is a very good part for the series, but perhaps bottom edge could be cropped about 1/2 inch.

Randy

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Gerhard Hoogterp   {K:4863} 4/11/2005
And a lot of atmosphere there is..I prefer this one over the previous as there isn't only atmosphere, but also something to see.. Two smiling people.. The grain gives it a nice raw touch. Great shot!

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Roger Williams Roger Williams   {K:86139} 4/11/2005
Hugo, your subject here is a double for my sister, now a US citizen... The human interest shines through the grain and soft focus.

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Di Ciuccio Maurizio Di Ciuccio Maurizio   {K:57398} 4/11/2005
excellent effect for grain and magic expression..very very beautifull portrait..attractive photo..best regard my dear hugo

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Andrej V   {K:6693} 4/11/2005
very nice hugo! are they a bit blurry on purpose?
since they are both looking in the same direction for some reasone which is making them smiling i would rather have sharp both faces; But... I might be wrong... I just feel distracted from a blury man...
Greets,
Andrej

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Hugo de Wolf Hugo de Wolf   {K:185110} 4/11/2005
Hi Marian, with the 50mm lens, I was only a few feet away. And they're almost looking straight at me, so yes, I would say they know I took this shot. Thanks for your comments, I appreciate them alot.

Cheers,

hugo

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Marian Man Marian Man   {K:80636} 4/11/2005
great b/w shot!!!! I love it Hugo!!! they know you are photographing them eh??? so pleaseant smiles!!! a fine portrait!!!!
best regards
Marian

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Peter De Rycke Peter De Rycke   {K:41212} 4/11/2005
Ha, Hugo's back .. in strength i hope ;-)
Beautiful with the rough texture .. makes me think of a kind of newspaper photo ..
Regards, Peter

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