kodak portra 400 bw (push 1)
canon fd 100mm f/2
I LOVE this one Matt. Looks like a shot from an old movie.
I have about 50 photoblogs in my RSS reader so I can follow them every day, so it's no small thing to say this one has emerged as my favorite.
This one is great, but I'm really just randomly commenting on overall excellence. There are hundreds of amazing ideas and unforgettable captures on this site. If you're new to the site, as I was a week ago, go back to the first picture and hit NEXT all the way up til today. There's a lot of juicy goodness here.
(I was not paid for this endorsement)
Keep on truckin Matt
Wonderful, moody photo! I love the effect of the rain together with the B&W.
Thanks folks. Joe, thank you! Glad you're into it.
I came to your site as a recommendation from the "Durham Township" site, and did as 'Joe Briefcase' suggested above, and went through all your pictures. I found almost every one to be highly fascinating, a great way to spend a cold evening over here in England.
Keep it up!!
I would go further, and say it's especially a couple of the urban scenes that especially stand out to me. I shoot in the city myself (Austin) and I've shot a thousand pics without getting anything like the one from 5/21. There are a couple of others that have people moving against urban backdrops that seem especially interesting to me and constitute a bit of a rethink on my part about what it means to shoot in the city.
I think I've been feeling, too much so, getting close to people was "it" in urban shooting. But you have a couple of city pics where you're not close at all, and the thing is.... I don't know. I'm not ready to conceptualize it. I'd like to go shoot instead. The best photos make us want to pic up the camera and leave the house. I have a couple of places I've photographed before and I want to go sit there and try a few new things, and a couple of your pics got me thinking about it reframing some of these places.
But since we're talking about this moody car scene today, or should be, I think you should reveal what you did to this image. I think you did some post production on this one. Yes? No?
thanks Lewis! hi again Joe. wow, it's great that you both took the time to go through everything like that, i'm very flattered. truly very nice to hear that you find this stuff so interesting. joe, thanks for taking the time to comment and offer up that perspective. it's quite rewarding to get that kind of comment.
as to the photo at hand, i didn't really do a lot to it aside from the usual photoshop darkroom type stuff (tone curves). and i have been doing a slight +red +yellow shift on all my b/w just mostly because i tried it a while ago and decided to be consistent. it's a scanned neg, very nice kodak 400 c-41 portra b&w that i've recently started using and fallen in love with much to my surprise. i pushed it one stop and it's working out great.
oh yeah! there was a reflection of some wires across her face that i cloned out also.
Beautiful shot. I Love the contrast/composition. THe water on the window adds so much to the emotion of the shot as well. Keep up the great work.
Good shot and great mood! Congrats :)
I like the questions this makes us ask by her expression. Is she stressed? Worried? If so, about what? Family troubles? Relationship problems? Medical circumstances? We only deduct gloomy ideas, too, mainly because of the gloomy, hazy view we have of her and her downed look. I love it :)
Wow. The mood, the atmosphere, the frustration... You've captured it all so well but the rain just lifts it that much higher on the scale.
wow, this is one of the best images I've seen in a long time cruising blogs.
It's great to see an image that is more than it's parts, if that makes any sense. I guess I'm saying a lot of images are what they are, pretty pictures, others can generate an extra emotional response, and other can create the impression that the photograph isn't of a moment, or a scene, but of something more, of a person, of a life almost.
Yes, 'tis true, folks -- you are looking at the work of a genius. Enjoy it.
(Matt...sigh...I'm out of adjectives...you know what I think by now, anyway.)
unusual. and i really like the obscurity of it.
A beautiful image. Very gritty and raw. This photo evokes strong emotions. Very powerful.
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