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Dude Pol
  • Submitted: 3 years 2 months ago
  • Taken date: 2015-09-05 15:13:25
  • Original file: 1920 x 1355 px
  • File size: 7.4 MB
Description: Pol..doesn’t mean police! It is not an abridgement. In Italian language we do pronounce “the English Paul” as “Pol”…..so he is “The Pol”!

I’m not a portrayer…but sometimes I commit this crime. I prefer taking piccies of landscapes, instead. I was in Krakow for a few days as guest for the wedding of Paolo; my wife’s relative, that after several years spent in Ireland for job moved to Poland. Here he met Miss Anna and they became “bride and groom-till death do us apart”. While taking this photo we were inside Hotel Europejsky (it well worth a visit!) waiting for going to the Church. I decided to take a few portraits(in different locations) of the “Dude”() when… looking at inside the Bar Room of the Hotel I discovered a very typical Saloon. Beautiful atmosphere; a nice game between dark and light; an interesting “neutral” background rich of light; an interesting and almost shadowed foreground to place a figure, as well. I thought “All very Moody” (I mean an ideal place where to take a psychologic portrait). I immediately thought about a warm tone “soft” BW treatment. I supposed that right pose was to let him sitting on the chair….relaxed! Well…difficult to be relaxed before one’s marriage. His closed hands bear this evidence. I prefer so because he has been natural “at his own way without instructions”. This is almost a snapshot of that “his own special moment”. I simply wanted to manage a compo of a “character embedded inside an historical setting”. I hope I succeeded in doing it. TIPS are welcome. No tripod this time…and my fav 12-24 mm PENTAX Zoom. Hand-Held camera PENTAX K20D. Natural light only. I processed file in PS- Silver EFEX PRO 2. I fixed a few features using local adjustements using same software. I’ve prepared other BWs(of same file) using TOPAZ or Alien Skin but honestly speaking I do prefer version you are looking at. SEE EXIF for techn. infos. Original coloured file has been processed in Photomatix 5.1 too...but BW still remains my fav version,IMHO.


Submitted: 3 years 2 months ago

Date: Sep 5, 2015

File Size: 1.8 MB

Resolution: 1920x1355

Original Size: 7.4 MB



Exposure: 1/8  F: 4  ISO: 800

Program: Nomal program

Metering Mode: Pattern

Compensation: 0

Focal Length: 14 mm

Flash: No

Date: 2015-09-05 15:13:25

Software: Adobe Photoshop CS5 Windows


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Comments: 16        Replies: 16

Carlos Lopes Santos wrote in Oct 1, 2015, 10:57:37 AM

Excellent expression and involvement in this nice portrait.

Giulio Cesare 57 replied:

THX Carlos...Anyway it bears a few bad feautures. Jury has been "clever" with this photo

José Flacho wrote in Oct 1, 2015, 11:33:17 AM


Sandro Sardoz wrote in Oct 1, 2015, 6:29:30 PM

Very particular ambiental portrait.
Superb atmosphere.

Giulio Cesare 57 replied:

Thank you very much Sandro.

Olavo Azevedo wrote in Oct 1, 2015, 10:34:56 PM

It looks like an old picture! The silver efex is a good software to this kind of picture. The man is nervous... his hands are the sign. Congrats

Fernando Alves wrote in Oct 10, 2015, 6:50:51 AM

Great work, the toning is beautiful. Many congrats, Giulio. Greetings.

Giulio Cesare 57 replied:

THX a lot for your beautiful words

Jorge Pimenta wrote in Oct 11, 2015, 11:49:30 AM

A picture that seems coming from the past; beautiful shot!

Luis Bonito wrote in Oct 12, 2015, 4:43:47 PM

superb atmosphere and vintage look, great portrait, surely you got it wonderfully, dear friend Giulio, congrats!

Giulio Cesare 57 replied:

THX Luis for time you spent on this photo..and THX for cmt

Filipe Correia wrote in Oct 13, 2015, 7:48:23 PM

fantastic atmosphere and tones Giulio,very nice portrit..

José Barbosa wrote in Oct 21, 2015, 5:36:11 AM

Genial . Parece de outro tempo . Pbs .

Giulio Cesare 57 replied:

THX for your comment

Carlos Lopes Franco wrote in Nov 16, 2015, 10:07:47 PM

so beautiful portrait. it seems like old times.

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