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* Pictorialism - three guards *

* Pictorialism - three guards *
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Copyright: Carol Dorion (CAROL50) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 853 W: 113 N: 2287] (8960)
Genre: People
Medium: Black & White
Date Taken: 2005-05
Categories: Architecture, Experimental, Mood
Camera: Minolta X700, zoom 28-85 mm
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Friday theme 2010-06-11 Pictorialism [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-06-11 11:26
Viewed: 3045
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
First thanks to David for the links to Pictorialism---i had no idea what it was at all , thanks for opening the theme and thanks to Niek for bringing up the subject of this Friday.
In line with the description in the links i have attempted to make as good a 'pictorialism' presentation as i could. I sorted out some of those prints that could match the theme and came down to this one, this was shot only five years ago while still on film , anyway i scanned the negative to the PC , adjusted curves and then converted the color photo to sepia , added a little noise and applied a soft focus , processed in Photofiltre , OE is present on the 'feathered ' hats and gloves and the columm , a photo taken in bright afternoon sunlight , oh before i forget the setting is the front porch of the Palazzo Publico in San Marino and these men ( one was looking at me ) are called 'Guards of the Council 'locally known as 'Guards of the Nobles ', the Guard was formed in 1740 and is a volunteer unit with ceremonial duties , they appear on countless postscards of the republic .The functions of the Guard of the Council is to protect the Captains Regent ( the two persons elected twice a year serving as head of state and government ) and to defend the Great and General Council when in sessions , they also provide a ceremonial bodyguard to government officials on festivals of both state and church. About the country :
San Marino is the oldest recorded sovereign state and constitutional republic in the world having been founded in the year 301. Its constitution is also the world's oldest still in effect .The country relies on tourism , its culture remains Italian ( its 61 sq km territory is totally surrounded by Italy ) and last its small population of almost 30,000 ensures that it is one of the wealthiest counties in terms of GDP per capita with the lowest unemployment rate in Europe , no national debt , even a budget surplus !
Thank you for reviewing ,

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To Royaldevon: Thanks Bev !CAROL50 1 06-12 05:04
To SunToucher: So right !CAROL50 1 06-12 05:00
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Certainly this has a Victorian feel to it - obviously the clothes and hats do the job here. You've managed to catch an aged look quite well and the sepia finishes it off properly. Also a nice simple scene - particularly with two of the three guys looking away from the camera much as Victorian era poseurs did...


boa tarde Carol
After Fumarue... yours it my prefered. It is a very good theme. A great choice of theme...I believe it has been David. Your composition is the more interesting for be more formal as those thimes...I just feel is still too good ( ahahaha)...I like it a lot...and I am really happy good things happen over here.
A fantastic post and play.
um abraço

  • CMJC Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 154 W: 193 N: 124] (1191)
  • [2010-06-11 12:03]

très très 1900 comme ambiance ☺
dire que des pays gardent farouchement ces gardes d'un autre temps... ben au moins ça fait de belles et sympathiques photos!

Hi Carol,
What a fit shot presented for Friday theme,here you captured this piece of history with your fil cam with nice framing and good exposure further PP makes it more ages old pic,the note is very interesting as I learned a good information about San Marino,a beautiful presentation serving the theme as well as presenting your skill of film camera age.
Best Wishes

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  • fransx Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2938 W: 134 N: 7397] (41704)
  • [2010-06-11 13:45]

Hi Carol,
A very good treatment to this scanned piture to create this 'pictorialism' atmosphere.
Great use of the soft focus filter, while maintaining accurate sharpness. I like the sepia toning which gives an old aspect to the capture. Nonetheless the uniforms conform with the subject.
Good job!
My best regards,

Francis Xavier

HI Carol,
this is a good job for the theme.
IMO we never had such a difficult theme ...
So I also tried my very best ;-)
You did good work here, some parts are OE, some too dark - and realy that's good for pictoralism. A little different from the normal ideas of quality ;-) Crazy theme indeed.
Thanks and have a nice weekend
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • bri Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 751 W: 13 N: 1404] (6384)
  • [2010-06-11 15:45]
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Hi Carol,
This fits in nicely with the theme, the guards standing around randomly and the photograph taken in a candid fashion is a superb composition, this would have a perfect old look if the security camera had been cloned out but on the other hand it does show how recent the picture was taken and is a credit to your PP work on ageing this image - great work. Best wishes

  • mbrito Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1929 W: 117 N: 3017] (13240)
  • [2010-06-11 16:02]

Hi Carol
Great «vintage» flavor given for the sepia work... the uniforms .... and the mustache of the man in the middle; excellent light and sharpness.
Congrats, mb

Hi carol,
Not only the style of the photo but also the clothing of the guards add to the pictorialism idea and style. This is a great contribution to the theme. The only thing that gives away that this photo was taken not so long ago is the CCTV. If that wasn't there you could have fooled us and wrote that you used a time machine to make this photo in the period of pictorialism.

Hi Carol
excellent entry to Friday's theme.
this photo looks really old.
the guards with their special uniform, the soft focus and blurry texture of the Palazzo's porch, the sepia tones, all that makes this presentation feel like an aged photography treasure.
great pp work.

Bonjour Carol
Bon résultat sur ce sujet fort délicat.Les allures désuettes de ces gardes et leur attitude souriante nous fait repartir dans une autre époque grace au traitement PP.Bravo Carol pour la réalisation de ce défit.Catherine

Hello Carol,

This is quite a 'blast from the past'!
It looks so original! The pomp and the ceremony was so high on the agenda of Victorians and the mood is well captured here.
I like the mixture of b&w and sepia as if real experimentation has taken place.

Have a good w/e,
Bev :-)

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