Just outside the Tate Modern Gallery I saw them walking happily together, enjoying the London rain while nicely tucked underneath their tiny umbrella. I then waited for a bit and aligned them with St. Paul's cathedral in the background for a classic composition...BUT I had no idea it'd come out like this - at least that's when I took the picture...
About the real bad quality, I think it must be a combination of bad developing (loaded film in a not totally dark and dusty cupboard + possibly expired chemicals...) and bad scanner (flatbed scanner, so I needed to 'inversed' the image in Photoshop)... But I don't know the exact reason.
Anyone know the answer please tell me !
Have a nice day :)
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delnaja (2056) 2007-07-17 0:27
very interesting result and grain. It seems the photo stayed a long time in a box, an old photo... I like this kind of photo really. A great one for me.
broglia (3604) 2007-07-17 0:31
Hi Cheuk, I hope all your shots haven't come out like this! When I first saw the thumbnail I thought it was something from the 20's or 30's. Then I noticed the modern bicycle and our famous "wobbly" bridge and knew it could not be.
Looks like you may have several problems here, scratches as well as spots that may have been caused by chemicals (I'm no expert). TFS, Roberto
vincz (19113) 2007-07-17 0:49
I think the "bad" quality results in a great rendering for this rainy scene. I personally like it a lot.
jasmis (57958) 2007-07-17 1:17
Well, this photo looks terrific. Like taken in 50. of XX century. There is something impressive in this frame.
vapours (8264) 2007-07-17 4:31
A great result Cheuk, probably a method you should try more often as I love the appearance. Apart from the graffiti, every part of this image is classic..great work.
p.s. The photo I uploaded a few hours ago is right near where you took this.
kevinos (7517) 2007-07-17 5:07
It is an attractive result Cheuk. I thought you had 'antiqued' it in Photoshop, but it is a spontaneous occurrence. So you are still using film? That's a surprise. I think if you used digital, you would not get these happy accidents. Regards kevin
ninaL (21348) 2007-07-17 10:24
I like it very much.
Deep, rainy mood...in a good composition.
Best regards. Grazyna.
xavshot (69835) 2007-07-17 11:58
Bonsoir Cheuk Hin
quelle ambiance dans cette photo : j'aime beaucoup ce n&b. La "mauvaise" qualité est plutôt un atout ici ; en tout cas moi j'aime beaucoup.
AmiBe (6042) 2007-07-17 12:15
Man, this is really good.
You tell us about the bad quality of this shot. I call this as an artistic shot with an incredible mood.
I like a lot.
mphotographies (1976) 2007-07-17 16:43
Looks like it was taken from a short film documentary, it has this old weathered look, The 'real bad quality' is the thing here, it makes the quality a concept which resulted to a very good imagery. Amazing photo!
All the best!
s10001in (0) 2007-07-17 19:43
You are trying TRI-X ..& Self processing..It is really exciting million times than Dry darkroom.
Well, I am not expert of B/W photography & LUKO will advice you well but I feel you need to wash your films properly.
May be sort of Flux Or residue is either on Film or on Scanner.
Even you can tune up your image after changing it to degital format after scanning.
Intresting result though not great.
Keep it up.
Furachan (0) 2007-07-17 20:54
This is such a fine shot, Cheuk, not just because I admire your steadfast resilve with the old analog Leica Minilux, but the grainy, rainy feel to this one, the old photo feel is perfect. This could be wartime London!
Outstanding work from where I'm sitting, man!
danos (96215) 2007-07-18 6:26
you had to upload a photo a lot of time and when i saw this i was happy about you.I think that this shot is nice and remind me something from the early of photography.The bad developing,i think that create an excellent atmosphere.I like it.
Well done my friend,Danos
mesutilgim (94062) 2007-07-18 23:05
Even if you explain the reasons of the quality; its great. İt reminds me to the shots of great masters of b&w photorgarphy shortly after WW II ! The quality -maybe- not too good but the theme, handling of it and positioning perfect !
PS.I still wait more captures from your Turkey trip !!
brevbrev14 (140) 2007-07-19 1:02
Hi Cheuk, the effect is great...
A bit pity for the modern things..but the moment, the composition and the result are very good....
ben4321 (9875) 2007-07-21 9:38
If you hadn't said otherwise in your note, I'd have thought that you set out to achieve this look deliberately. I like it - it has a real timeless quality, and the instantly recognisable shape of St Paul's in the background gives the image immediate sense of place.
I like the softness and at the same time the gritty feel to the image - like looking out at the world through a dirty window.
If this was an accident, I hope one day I'll be lucky enough to suffer similar misfortune. I think it's one of your strongest shots Cheuk, well done.
elmec (12210) 2007-07-31 7:14
Looks like from old moovie!
Perfect atmosphete of rainy town!
Elaine_Blath (8509) 2007-08-08 23:20
I LOVE this bad quality...amazing atmosphere, well done!
prezntime (3946) 2007-08-09 20:28
What quality issues? If you want that clean, faultless looking type of photography one must employ only the best in digital cameras.
The distinctive texture in this shot is amazing. You wont see this type of photographic manipulation/mistake, at such a high quality, out of anyones digital camera. Some people are quite adept at photoshop...scanning aged cardboard and overlapping layers etc...but, you'll never get the REAL look.
Anyhow, I think this is outstanding.
MayaG (2413) 2007-08-11 14:42
I was sure from the thumbnail this was a deliberate post-processing! Wow, what a lovely result! as the others said, it looks so old...foggy, grainy and sooo moody! I'm glad you posted it!
kensimage (8565) 2007-08-19 9:08
Well, it may be an accident, but it sure worked out well! I like the fact the kids have a light umbrella to contrast with the dark shadows. Perfect framing, with the placement of the kids. The only thing somewhat lost by your accident is that the two kids sort of merge together, you have to look to see that one has his arm around the other. But the work overall is a thing of beauty! May you have more accidents like this. Regards, Ken.
keithl (4) 2007-08-30 9:04
I don't know what you did, but I think if you could turn in into a Photoshop plug-in you'd be a rich man. I love the result.
tsangclare (130) 2007-12-15 3:17
i actually like the way it is now. dun think it has bad quality =D
like it when its blur... looks like a historical source photo to me
- Copyright: Cheuk Hin Tsang (tcht) (7565)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 2007-05-26
- Categories: Daily Life, Architecture, Decisive Moment
- Camera: Leica Minilux, Leica Summarit 1:2.4/40mm, Kodak TRI-X 400
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Rains [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2007-07-17 0:15
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