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watching from the window

watching from the window
Photo Information
Copyright: Jean Christophe Jacques (jonathanhart) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1666 W: 282 N: 1568] (17012)
Genre: People
Medium: Black & White
Date Taken: 2008-08-08
Categories: Daily Life
Exposure: f/4, 1/80 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Travelogue: des Landes à Dubrovnik
Theme(s): >my people photos, >my B&W [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-11-08 1:34
Viewed: 1656
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
watching the tourists, a continual flow of tourists, everyday, and all the years, again and again, from all over the world... she was at the window since near a half hour
todays PP technique for black conversion is the simplest, just desaturate

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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To ciore: WSjonathanhart 3 11-11 01:43
To nicou: guignejonathanhart 1 11-08 09:56
To yanm: yepjonathanhart 1 11-08 06:48
To pikas: fantasticjonathanhart 1 11-08 03:02
To szekelykristof: fine PP workjonathanhart 1 11-08 02:24
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Hi Jean,
Fine PP work technique, classic black and white photo and portrait of this old lady. Good contrast and sharpness, classic daily life moment. Well done! TFS.
Best wishes,

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  • pikas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 154 W: 9 N: 277] (1105)
  • [2008-11-08 2:52]
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Ola Jean

Excellent composition. Sharp and fine details image. Fantastic B&W.

Great shot!!!

Best Regards from Portugal,


Good morning Jean,
The framing is exquisite and classical. The b&w rendition suits the image quite well. It has a smooth look and it is well exposed. Sharp enough to see details of granny's veined fingers. My compliments...Danilo

Excellent composition. Sharp and fine details image. Fantastic B&W.

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  • yanm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 818 W: 84 N: 1189] (10601)
  • [2008-11-08 5:35]
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I wish you have this frontal angle Jean :D But nevertheless, this is a great capture. The curiosity or maybe bored...I dont know :D Btw did you just desaturate this ? because it's a little sephia :D :D:D:


Ciao...molto bella questa foto
mi piace moltissimo


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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2008-11-08 9:45]
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Très beau portrait de cette dame qui guigne à sa fenêtre, cpatage parfait, un beien beau portrait.

bravo et amitié


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  • Ber Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 359 W: 79 N: 346] (6326)
  • [2008-11-08 10:23]

Hi Jean
Great face! Superb daily life scene.

Hi Jean,

Cela ci est la raison que je voudrais m'habilie en la grande ville d'Atlanta. J'aims voir les gens et ecouter les sons de la ville.

I like her serious look as if she is concentrating on the people or what they are saying and doing. The window is a nice natural frame for her portrait. Nice simple background.

thanks for sharing, Lisa (Padon my French grammar. I have forgotton a lot. ...I'm listening to Radio France to practice my skills. ;D) Lisa

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  • dareco Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1672 W: 16 N: 832] (15528)
  • [2008-11-08 16:20]

A very nice capture and a beautiful b&w. Good pov and excellent detail. TFS

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  • cafe Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 79 W: 0 N: 25] (1237)
  • [2008-11-08 18:12]

Very nice composition, the BW also works well. TFS, Giap.

Hi Jean
Everything is sharp...nice and in depth of field. How did you get that with such a low F.Stop?! Excellent B/W mode. Well done.
Regards, Alireza.

Hello Jean.
I opened your last upload, but its not to my taste,
This one is gorgeous.!
Perfect composition lovely 'scene' and good lighted.
Good job.!
Regards, Jan

Nice shot of th old lady - and the expression is particularly interesting. Well framed like that too.


hello, Jean
i've posted ws for you.
Hope you dont mind
Take a look :)

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  • WMcK Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 663 W: 11 N: 1718] (6837)
  • [2008-11-10 3:44]

This really catches my eye, JC. The composition is superb and the character in her face is wonderful. I wonder what she thinks as she watches. How much has she seen in her life that we will never know? Perfect in the Back and white. Bravo
Warm Regards

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  • wilth Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 374 W: 43 N: 520] (2028)
  • [2008-11-10 12:20]

Hi Jean,
Bet she's seen it all too.
Good conversion and composition here, looks great and feels just right.
Interesting dynamic in how strongly she's holding the window frame; for balance or fear of falling out perhaps?
Anyway, very good work here.

Bonjour Jean-Christophe
Très jolie scène de tous les jours bien captée avec force détails. Les contrastes sont juste comme il faut et le passage au noir et bland était une bonne idée.

Hi Jean,
I like this picture. I see emotion, I see the familiar elders face ... like nothing new for them, nothing to surprise them, everything has been seen, felt or experienced. Still there is something that attracts them: new people, younger generations with their exuberance and enthusiasm are recalling about their youth. Clear focus on the subject. The helping hand on the edge of the frame is completing the message. Well done! TFS, Stefan

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  • glint Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 593 W: 3 N: 545] (3785)
  • [2008-11-14 1:05]

Hello Jean Christophe,
a powerful image and poignant portrait. The woman seems quite sad or perhaps lonely. I woud prefer this if you had managed to take this from a front on angle. Of course, this is not always possible and we are forced to shoot where we can. Your black & white treatment works well and everything is nice and sharp.
This reminds me of a recent photo of mine posted to trekeart,; see here

Beautiful daily life here
typical old woman looking of balcony
perfect light and black and white

Jean Christophe
Je trouve qu'il y a beaucoup de similitudes entre ta belle photo et celle de mon chien à Venise (attitude, front plissé, regard vers le bas...marrant!

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