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Bucharest Underground
Posted By: countzero, 01-16-2008, 11:34 PM

Just in case you were curious. And please excuse the lack of visual coherence, these were taken over a longer period of time, and are only now assembled in a group.

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01-16-2008, 11:47 PM   #2
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WOW! These are simply awesome. You display a very clean style which complements your compositions well and aids the narration. This series rings true to the mood in subways i've been on, both enveloping and intelligent captures. Well done.
01-17-2008, 12:03 AM   #3
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Absolutely wonderful! The second shot may be my favorite but this is a great series. These are the types of street images that I look at and think, "I wish I could do that". You have a good eye and great style.
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Fantastic photography there. Really great conversion and the last shot where the guy leans towards the pole is the best of them!

Really cool and it is great to see a place on the other side of earth!

01-17-2008, 12:23 AM   #5
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Wonderful imagery. You have a great 'eye' for composition and capturing the 'right moment'. I look forward to seeing more of your work.
01-17-2008, 01:43 AM   #6
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Thank you all for your very kind comments.

I am strictly an amateur (I'm sort of a writer by trade, but that's a long story), so I posted those here after a long self-debate, being slightly nervous towards what the response would be. But wow. Those are the best things anyone said about my snaps in... probably ever.

And even if it's only you guys being nice, it still counts towards my enthusiasm for "the trade".

Thank you again.

All the best.

01-17-2008, 03:38 AM   #7
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QuoteOriginally posted by countzero Quote
Those are the best things anyone said about my snaps in... probably ever.
Maybe because you know a different kind of approach, from the other sites that you visit. You know what I mean.
But it's true.

01-17-2008, 03:45 AM   #8
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these are very powerful images mate.. im a fan of ure work i love street photography, so i can relate to this series.. you have a natural eye and that is evident through these shots..
#2 is fantastic and also #7 is superb also.. the 5th shot dosnt work for me tho.. it comes across as staged to me, but thats how i interpret it anyway..

im really looking forward too seeing more of your street/subway shots based on this series..

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Its interesting to see the contrast between the clean white interior of #2 and the graffiti of the last one.
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Wonderful images and PP'ing! Thank you for sharing and we can def see some great talent from these images.
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#5 staged!? Maybe, but I don't think so. I think it evokes the true feeling of one riding the subway - perhaps at the end of a working day.

Q: Did the person actually know you were taking the shot?
Q: Are the curves on the support that curved?

I like the B/W conversions. So many have much better skill than I at doing these conversions.
01-17-2008, 10:48 AM   #12
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Picture #5 is not staged. I had the camera around my neck with the 21Ltd on it. I shot with the camera as it was (without raising it - there wouldn't have been any space, the train was packed full), and by using the shutter on the grip for a low profile movement. The guy (who I do not know) was looking at the camera for a short while (it raises a certain amount of passing interest, as you all very well know) and then drifted off into his own world, but did not move his eyes. Seeing that, I squeezed the button as hard as I could.

The 21 is a wonderful lens for this - it's very unassuming, and moves very little when focusing. Also it's a fast focuser because of lightweight elements and wide angle. It's a perfect match for street-stolen images. Now if only the shutter noise wouldn't be as loud... but that's a different story.

I used this method (shooting from the chest using the grip button) quite often. It would probably work even better with a wireless remote. True, you can't really compose the shot, but it's a fair trade-off, and there's always cropping.

There are two types of trains - the new one, with the arched bars, and the old, 70's type, that you can see in the final photo. The new ones have security guards patrolling the length (they are not divided into cars), hence the cleanliness. The old ones are a free-for-all.

Hope that answers it.

All the best

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number 2 is ****ing amazing!

photoshop or tilt-shift lens?
01-17-2008, 11:39 AM   #14
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Neither. It's a 50mm f/1.2 and the unnatural DOF it creates fools you into believing the objects are smaller (at least that's my theory). When I was first reviewing it I stared at it for 10ish minutes wondering what was wrong with it
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Excellent series and processing. Great B&W. Thanks for sharing.

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