Still in Algeria 1975, early October.
This is from the outskirts of Constantine, the third largest city of Algeria, about 100 km from the Mediterranean coast. The city is built on a plateau with a huge canyon going through the centre and several fine viewpoints here and there. These elderly men didn't seem to care much for the views, but this was probably a nice and quiet place to take a rest.
When scanning this Kodachrome slide I couldn't avoid some noise. I have tried to clean the sky and the most distant mountain range, but I left the foreground and the fields below untouched to avoid blurring them. You will have to accept that there is some noise at least in the lower two thirds of the photo.
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rigoletto (32846) 2013-09-07 7:35
constantine is an interesting name for a city in algeria. maybe it is related to emperor constantine of romans? the bg landscape is almost like a theater decor. generally viewing, the minimalist composition, muted colors and the lazy moods of the locals put this one into the "whispering photos" category. i guess you found a new technique for scanning. amazing digital quality again.
bayno (18338) 2013-09-07 7:42
it is always a pleasure to see these old works, it seems that time has stood still, very nice compo with particular tones and excellent details...well done...
have a good We....
mesutilgim (73189) 2013-09-07 8:15
Hello dear Gert,
By far this is one the "best" s within your later postings. I can't describe why, but mosty probably due to the simplicity of the compo and nice soft light.
TFS and have a nice weekend
subhendu_bagchi (21368) 2013-09-07 8:21
again a nice frame, I am in love with your oldies... It is also a nice composition. These place are surely not such vacant in these days... Those men are resting and one is coming towards you. Beautiful atmosphere with the nice landscape behind. The tree in middle is a nice focal point of this composition. Like the vibrant colour tone of it. Great shot. Tfs.
PS- thanks a lot to keep me with your favorites... I am really honoured.
lousat (64585) 2013-09-07 8:25
Hi Gert,maybe all these men are deads,and this is another great memoery from your algerian trip,very artistic this time,whit the 5 algerians like actors in a fantastic scenery that i can see in background,a great great pic,i like it!Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano
saxo042 (33992) 2013-09-07 8:29
En mycket fridfull bild med en angenämt dämpad färgskala. Ibland brukar man ju säga att människor skapar liv i bilden men männen här verkar ju vara helt förslutna i sig själva. Men de skapar ju i alla fall intresse. Sitter de och väntar på något?
Ett otroligt vackert landskap i bakgrunden och en fin komposition med det ensamma trädet. Fina kontraster också.
Romano46 (11915) 2013-09-07 8:46
troppo belle queste foto riesumate dal cassetto per trasfgormarle in visioni digitali da proporre agli amici di TE.
Uno spaccato di mondo che si ripropone a distanza di tanti anni e che spesso appare ancora attuale.
Ciao e buon fine settimana
ktanska (22748) 2013-09-07 9:47
This image shows well the location on the edge of a desert. That landscape certainly looks dry. And those men are clearly in no hurry to go anywhere.
Your earlier scans have spot on colours, but I think this has some blue tint. But of course haze makes background somewhat bluish in reality too.
emilbo (21555) 2013-09-07 10:26
Une vieille photo mais le sujet est trčs intéressant avec ces personne qui semblent toutes fatiguées. Beau travail de scan et le peu de bruit, ce n'est pas įā qui est le plus important. Beau documentaire et bel atmosphčre.
Félicitations et bonne fin de semaine,
Fis2 (77176) 2013-09-07 14:54
Good frame and sharpness.
Very impressive picture!
Nicou (106275) 2013-09-07 21:07
quelle image sueprbe ce personnage juse dans l'axe du tronc de l'arbre qui a une trčs belle forme et les autres hommes qui dorment et se reposent quelle belle scčne et compo sueprbe.
Bravo et amitié
fabbs99 (11420) 2013-09-07 22:09
Another great old shot from your collection.The sloping hills in the BG makes this scenery peaceful.The men in the FG are engaged differently.Fascinating composition with great exposure, splendid light and wonderful warm colors.TFS.
wolf38 (29130) 2013-09-07 22:58
Hello Gert. Also this photo from Algeria fits very well into the series of old photos from foreign countries. Here, all people seem preoccupied with himself, - the view goes inside. But the special thing about this photo is the inclusion of the landscape.
marabu61 (5879) 2013-09-08 3:11
Another of your extensive collection of witnesses to long bygone times. One can clearly see that the pace of life back in 1975 was much slower (and probably more sane at that) than today. The distinct relaxed mood of this picture is very pleasing.
gildasjan (39624) 2013-09-08 3:58
Ce rendu des teintes crée une atmosphčre trčs particuličre.L'attitude naturelle de ces personnages est parfaitement maitrisée.
pajaran (41981) 2013-09-08 4:00
Dobar dan, popodne.
Interesantan tekst o gradu, sa datim podacima.
Dobar rad skeniranjem, lepa fotografija i secanje na 1975. godinu.
Dobar trenutak snimka i perspektiva, lepe boje.
Prijatno popodne i sve najbolje.
Good afternoon, this afternoon.
An interesting article about the city, with the given data.
Good work by scanning, beautiful photos and memories of in 1975. year.
A good time recording and perspective, beautiful colors.
Good afternoon and all the best.
PiotrF (2380) 2013-09-08 5:34
A very nice street photo.Composition and presentation be superb. Works with analog film have a unique atmosphere.
I like these.
abmdsudi (32759) 2013-09-08 5:43
Another oldie goodie stuff worth sharing of the time gone by, each on his own at such a scenic shady spot to just kill the times as shown. But you have discovered the small area of photo opportunity there, the angle is right and well exposed and their attires all contribute to the picture superbly. An attractive street people shot and the local flavour definitely makes this image intriguing that tells a story. Excellent candid, Congrats
ourania (19002) 2013-09-08 6:03
such an intriguing and captivating picture where seemingly nothing happens and each of the five people is isolated from the others and absorbed by his private thoughts. Your treatment in order to eliminate the noise from the background has produced a very interesting effect. There is a sense of depth and morphology but the background looks like painted and the elegant tree is like the first 3D element in this setting. I like very much the luminosity of the backdrop and the fact that we only see the bottom of the foliage feeling that this is only a part of an enormous scenery. The colours are special and evoke a sense of mystery. The whole scene looks very theatrical and I expect the "actors" to turn and face each other any minute now so that the action may begin:) Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great day,
eldancer1 (20942) 2013-09-08 9:06
This was taken in 1975 but one of the gentleman appears to be listening to music with an earplug. Nice capture of the daily life of retired people with good lighting and nice details. Well done, tfs.
emka (64518) 2013-09-08 9:50
I accept some noise (in fact, I do not see it). Another fantastic scene from the past. Wonderful hilly landscape, beautiful curvy tree and interesting view of this five men seemingly strangers to each other. They look tired. This time a bit different colours, no this strong red as before.
Silvio1953 (106008) 2013-09-08 10:14
Ciao Gert, lovely composition with nice people and fantastic landscape, wonderful natural colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
dkmurphys (42699) 2013-09-08 12:15
Well spotted scene, a real moment of relaxation and peace. Well taken, have a good week ahead.
kato (9683) 2013-09-08 12:38
You're capturing well this place by a good composition and excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see the comfortable place for relax and rest. Residents in here looks like to satisfy this air and relax. It's so beautiful landscape in back because of a gently-sloping hill and mountain range. The turban on head of elderly men shows well this geographical place.
zoomer (4231) 2013-09-08 16:08
Greetings,actually quite an odd scene in that no one seems to converse with anyone they are all so separate.They even face in different directions.The pale colored background is perfect it makes the setting look like a stage.Friendly regards Wolf.
serp2000 (33429) 2013-09-08 20:30
This place and their poses remind me a hospital's yard where the people can walking and thinking. Impressive landscape on the BG. Before I thought that this country is just a desert with the small oases. ;)
Don't worry this is very good quality for a scan.
Have a great new week!
mcmtanyel (5556) 2013-09-08 21:13
Noise is good, noise is your nostalgic friend. You were right to leave the f/g alone, I'd rather look at a noisy photo than a blurry one. Great photo, excellent for its age.
mirosu (8434) 2013-09-09 0:05
Interesting, nice snapshot from Algeria. I'm surprised about the good quality (after scanning). Excellent composition with the local men and the large tree. Well done. Greetings, Miro
jhm (128297) 2013-09-09 4:46
Through the scanning get we almost a painting, I don't know or there is a lot change since your visit on these place.
Wonderful scene, nice found.
I like your choice of your angle excellent with very fine details.
Excellent composition, nice captured, good presentation.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice day,
limielski (2573) 2013-09-09 13:54
Hi Gert. It looks like Paul Gauguin's picture. The harmony of colours is splendid.
Great work Gert, I'm impressed!
All the best,
macjake (45844) 2013-09-09 18:51
I know we all truly enjoy your older shots, not to say we don't enjoy your new shots haha
composition wise, too bad the walking man is directly blocking and infront of the tree, but then again he'd be blocking some of the other people.
I know i say it all the time, but i wonder how this landscape looks today. anything built here i wonder? or is it all farm land?
interesting as always to view these time warps!
mohammad_H (7490) 2013-09-09 23:01
The concept of this picture, beautiful view of the trees, and along the deep background, eye-catching and spectacular, unmatched clarity and good quality, good job, your unique archive of previous years
Best wishes to you
kasianowak (3474) 2013-09-10 5:51
It maybe a bit noisy but, technicalities aside, like your other images from Algeria, this one also is very interesting and well composed. I like the subtle colour palette which I'm struggling to reproduce on digital.
rogerl (1156) 2013-09-10 9:23
Gert, scan or not, this is an outstanding photo. The two men in the fg are obviously the focal points, with the tree anchoring the foreground, but the colors and texture in the rest of the shot are just fabulous. Beautifully framed. I really love this image.
Graal (92322) 2013-09-14 23:46
very nice and interesting scenery. Good shot. Superb quality of scan. Fine title and note. Rich archive you have.
Have a nice day.
madhumita_roy86 (2344) 2013-09-18 8:24
good scene it is....
nice colour tones..great clarity..
good details..nice POV..
Angshu (52972) 2013-09-19 23:54
Actually I don't mind the noise in the FG at all! It kind of gels into the scene giving the timeless feel. Interesting as well is the fact that none of the people are actually looking at you...as if you're kind of incognito..Lovely scene froma daily life, which I doubt has changed over the years even now!
gervaso (9247) 2013-09-30 8:34
Wonderful composition, it looks like a painting! Very good depth with the soft colors of the mountains in the background! The quality is very good for a scanned picture of so much time ago... Really beautiful job!
COSTANTINO (44317) 2013-10-02 2:33
Hello my friend
your shots have your personal style
and have a deepest meaning
warm and particular color tones
looking as a theater scenery
great work as always
carlo62 (19759) 2013-10-05 8:34
che bello questo scatto, le curve sinuose dell'albero raddoppiano la figura che cammina nel senso verticale, contrastando la panoramica orizzontale con il muro a sottolinearla.
Bellissimo il panorama e molto bella la presenza degli uomini in posizioni molto diverse tra loro.
Complimenti per la foto.
adores (31005) 2013-10-06 15:14
Forget about the noise! This is a great daily scene and I'm sure it must be a fantastic place, still today. I'm really sorry Algeria is not a safer place to visit. Their different poses, as they just ignore your camera, are just great!
SnapRJW (23994) 2013-10-08 7:48
Hello Gert - I like this composition. The men are together yet each in his own world, I wonder what they were thinking about? Never mind the grain this is a wonderful shot from your archives.
Have a lovely evening Rosemary
cornejo (22766) 2013-10-30 12:30
Hello Gert, good picture of this interesting composition with inactive older men, very well captured in this interesting image, with good sharpness, light and color. Very good and interesting job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good night and happy rest of week.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.
Miguel82 (14598) 2013-11-04 8:33
Another value report and scene of the past Gert, old mans sitting and resting in that place, the landscape in the bg is splendid, I like the golden ton matching well with the sky blue color of the clothes, all the best, good evening