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Photographer Hugo de Wolf  Hugo de Wolf {Karma:185110}
Project #42 Moody Landscape Camera Model Nikon F100
Categories Journalism
Landscape
Travel
Film Format
Portfolio Dossier Iran
Reporive Photography and Journalism
Lens Nikon  28-105mm f/3.5-4.5D IF AF
Uploaded 5/25/2004 Film / Memory Type Fuji  NPH
    ISO / Film Speed 400
Views 1414 Shutter 1/500
Favorites Aperture f/16
Critiques 49 Rating
5.64
/ 30 Ratings
Location City -  Near Duzaj
State - 
Country - Iran   Iran
About The little vilage of Duzaj, about 150 km south west of Tehran was struck by a severe earthquake in 1964. This disaster also marked the start sign of the UN's World Food Programme. The vilage was completely rebuild by Dutch, French, English and Austrian and Danish relief workers 800 m away from the villages original location. The road to Duzaj led us through a very desolated valley, slowly recovering from the cold winter, preparing itself for the scorching hot summer. For more information, see also the triptych "People of Duzaj".

Comments, as usual, are very much appreciated...

Cheers,

Hugo
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There are 49 Comments in 1 Pages
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Fabrizio    {K:2543} 7/5/2005
...Hi Hugo...thanks very much for your comment....I've just Taken a look of your portfolio and I'm really impressed....
with compliment Fabrizio

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Shiv Kumar Surya Shiv Kumar Surya   {K:17362} 7/28/2004
Another beautiful.
Regards,
'Surya'

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Peggy Christine Skinner Peggy Christine Skinner   {K:26936} 7/21/2004
Even with the soft pastel sky and terra cotta landscape this image has a great desolation about it. A lonliness, that if you were driving along this road it would never seem to end, just taking you over the next hill and down through the next valley. Not wanting to let you go. It would be incredibly picturesque at first but then the feeling of being in such a remote area would instil fear and the beauty would disappear. A great capture Hugo with a disquieting quality.

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Kam Broumand   {K:-82} 7/20/2004
Hi Hugo,

It's been a while.... This is a great shot! The color of the land is amazing. You really have visited some nice places in Iran. I will be going there in September for 3 months, hopefully i can find some nice shots!

great work!

Regards

Kam

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Raamses Ortiz   {K:4408} 6/13/2004
Hi Hugo,

Excellent photo, is realy impresive the depth and prespective. Great work!!

Congrats,

Be seeing you...

Raamses.

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Hermen Pen Hermen Pen   {K:9168} 5/28/2004
Some other members mentioned that there is no real point of interest; this is true, but in landscape photography this does not worry me too much, usually. At least it does not if the image is well composed and balanced, as is the case here; the curly road gives something to hang on to, it leads the eye through the image. And it makes the viewer wonder what is behind that hill :)

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altur .   {K:6087} 5/28/2004
Nice shot. I like the way the road leads my eyes into the photo giving a good perspective.
Good work.
Best regards, Alex

PS: thanks for your latest comment.

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Hugo de Wolf Hugo de Wolf   {K:185110} 5/28/2004
Hi Verena, Sunday afternoon will be fine for me....;o) I'll give you a ring later...

Cheers,

Hugo

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Verena Rentrop Verena Rentrop   {K:15233} 5/28/2004
Hi Hugo,

I'm staying from tonight until Sunday evening, coming by train. Staying in the Plantage area in an old pension.

It would be a pleasure to meet you there, for contacting you can use my mobile +49-177-3447512.

We have until now no concrete plans, open for everything ;)

Cheers,
Verena

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Hugo de Wolf Hugo de Wolf   {K:185110} 5/27/2004
Hi Lori, I'm glad you're back, but I can also relate to the feeling that your holiday flew by... Thanks for your comment and those white patches are the left over snow.... In part 2 it's even more visible, and in part 3, I think I can remove all doubt....;o)

Cheers,

Hugo

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Lori Stitt   {K:75282} 5/27/2004
Very nice Hugo! Great composition, the road draws me right into the image nicely! Very interesting colors also, the gray of the street is picked up nicely throughout the hills making for a nice balance. And I like the patches of white here and there on the ground. At first I thought it was snow, but after looking for a while, I'm thinking it's not.......(is it?)

Framing is also very nice. I especially like the extra width on the left and bottom, good choice!

Very nice work!
Lori :)

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Hugo de Wolf Hugo de Wolf   {K:185110} 5/27/2004
Hi Jon, Thanks for your comment. Must've been quite a disappointment of the D70's glitch. I'm happy it's sorted out properly by the camera store. I always find it very anoying when such a thing happens. A waste of time, as you undoubtedly were dying to try out the camera, and I know how it feels checking if it's you or the camera.... That uncertainty is devastating..

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me... I'm happy to help you out if I can...

Cheers,

Hugo

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Dan Lightner   {K:12684} 5/27/2004
Hugo this is wonderfuul,how the road snakes off into the distance.Composition is excellent and exposure is right on..
Regards Dan

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John Hatziemmanouil   {K:40580} 5/27/2004
Hallo my friend! This is a nice shot because of the colour - composition between the grey of the road and the brown, because of the good tonning contrast between these two colours the result is nice.

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Ahmet Baki Kocaballi   {K:13618} 5/27/2004
Hi Hugo,
very nice capture. combination of variety of textures with different colors are beautiful,
Regards
Baki

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Roger Cotgreave   {K:15892} 5/27/2004
nice shot hugo..is that still snow about? Maybe a shot of the village would be good, be interesting to see...rog

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Paolo Barthelemy   {K:25552} 5/27/2004
Very nice and pleasant composition with the road that leads the look, through this desolated, reddish landscape. Thanks for sharing with us the story of this site too.
Cheers, Paolo

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Hugo de Wolf Hugo de Wolf   {K:185110} 5/27/2004
Hi Douglas, I'm alwasys interested in a professional opinion.... This photo was shot in 2004, when visiting the village of Duzaj for a photo documentary for Dutch television. The complete story is also included in the triptych "People of Duzaj"

http://www.usefilm.com/image/420988.html
http://www.usefilm.com/image/421577.html
http://www.usefilm.com/image/422390.html

Again, this photo is the first of another triptych.

Cheers,

Hugo

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Verena Rentrop Verena Rentrop   {K:15233} 5/27/2004
Hi Hugo,

I will contact you later, have an important presentation in 2 hours, I'm a bit nervous :0)

Cheers,
Verena

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jon parsons   {K:13639} 5/27/2004
Dear hugo, wonderful shot!! very beautiful... yes I took the plunge and now am the owner of my 'first real' DSLR! however the last twenty-four hours have been my worst nightmare! I noticed that a lot of the first shots i took were very soft, especially some flowers near where they were canoeing... got home and set up a test for back focus, ( which seems to have been plaguing the D70's) sure enough it was back focusing approximately three and a half to 4 cm! i couldnt believe it!! sat up till 4:00 in the morning testing and testing w/ different settings.. to no avail, every test showed severe back focus! got so upset I had to take two Valiums... anyway, took it back to the camera store today and they had just received a shipment with much newer serial numbers than the one that back focussed. i just spent an hour testing this one and it seems to be dead on!!!! thank God I plan on getting a sigma 70-300 super macro II for it next week, cause I really like to be able to reach out with a zoom.... thanks again for all your wonderful and very helpful comments! I may need your help to get up and running with this seemingly complex camera...your friend....jon

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神 風 神 風   {K:10665} 5/27/2004
Dear Hugo,

Do you want a Professional Critique or are you satisfied with what you have received up until now?

Re: Copyright 2004 versus Event 1964

When was this actually shot, etc.?

Best of Regards!

P.S. No rating for now pending your response!

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Hugo de Wolf Hugo de Wolf   {K:185110} 5/26/2004
Hi Verena! Cool! How long will you be in town for? I live about 15 minutes from Amsterdam...

Cheers,

Hugo

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Verena Rentrop Verena Rentrop   {K:15233} 5/26/2004
do they know spring, green flowers, earth is waking up from winter or do they directly start into a real hot summer?

great combination of wind street and kind of straight follow up of masts...

Cheers,
Verena

PS: BTW, I'm this weekend in Amsterdam , together with two photo friends from FC (german community)

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Castillion .   {K:1570} 5/26/2004
Very good composition and GREAT "about" info :) Very well done my friend!

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Hugo de Wolf Hugo de Wolf   {K:185110} 5/26/2004
Hi Christian, Thanks for your comment. I thought long and hard before uploading this shot in the triptych first, as in the oriiginal setting, it was the second... The reason I uploaded this one first was mainly based on two reasons. The patch of snow in the distance is the prelude to the second shot (which I'll be posting in a few minutes)

Although I do agree with the crop you proposed, (it is more balanced) the dificult thing with tripyches is that I also try to create a unity in the formats, and tell the story in three images... IMO, it adds another challenge...;o)

Cheers,

Hugo

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Hugo de Wolf Hugo de Wolf   {K:185110} 5/26/2004
Thanks Kristina! I will! Thanks for pointing it out to me....

Cheers,

Hugo

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Kristina Kohut   {K:49990} 5/26/2004
A really nice composition, beautiful curly-swirly road leading ones eyes to an interesting edge that could be the end or beginning, or just a part of eternity. Very good light, colours and details! Interesting info too, but perhaps you should take away "Netherlands" from location! ;-)

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Stephen  Bowden   {K:64141} 5/26/2004
Excellent Hugo. The landscape, colours and road remind me of Ascension Island

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Burak Tanriover Burak Tanriover   {K:16610} 5/26/2004
I really like your composition ,best regards .I want to thank you for your explanations about the picture.
Burak

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WALT MESK   {K:10691} 5/26/2004
excellent image.....i like the tones.
walt.

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Mauro Giacomazzi   {K:610} 5/26/2004
My comment now is not only for this image, even very good, but for the entire reportage.
A really great work, you have extracted the essence of Iran.

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Saeed Al Shamsi Saeed Al Shamsi   {K:47735} 5/26/2004
Roads day !!..Actually this image is very interesting one to me if been elaborated to match some important tricks or techniques. To me again it is unsymmetrical one and the point of interest is lost ,,what that mean, is, by exploring the existing lines ?road? in a scene, we can move the viewer?s gaze deeper into the photo interest point, making it a more dynamic and engaging work, this road ?known as leading line ,is often used to direct the point of interest to the main subject ,,your main subject is the little village of Duzaj, which this road leads us , by converting the imaginary into vertical one, and cropping un necessary side elements to keep the interesting point on the top of the mountain,the Christian Barrette example is just perfect one,, I like this photo that's why I spend time ,looking at it, nice job, Saeed

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Paolo De Maio   {K:34932} 5/26/2004
I like you point of interest which catch the observer's attention along the way line to the horizon.
Well done Hugo
Paolo

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Rawabi Al-Nuaimi   {K:15659} 5/26/2004
nice composition and colors.. endless road... :)

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Bobby Mun Bobby Mun   {K:3709} 5/26/2004
Hi Hugo, it's a nice zig-zag composition with good color balancing. Good work & keep coming :>

Cheers ! Bobby

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Maria Luisa Vial   {K:36017} 5/26/2004
Great picture Hugo!!!! I love the perspective of the row and its curves leading you somewhere... It reminds me of the roads of Mexico... where you can drive through for hours feeling sometimes lonenly, sometimes free and sometimes feeling that you own the world...

Cheers,

Maria

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Nuno Murias Nuno Murias   {K:5323} 5/26/2004
A road to nowwhere, thats the impression we have! And Gerhard?? I dotn agree with him, sometimes the the trick let your imagination do teh rest, special when there is a storie to ilustrate this Picture, I am not a beliver of a Picture beeing worth of 1000 words all the time...the main use of photography is still to ilustrated a news on a newspapper or a news website. I like this picture because it give us the idea of a place where there was live and no there is just a road that lead us to nowwhere...

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Christian Barrette   {K:21125} 5/26/2004
Very effective vanishnig point in a barren landscape. Patches of snow here and there are interesting, but I think that the one on top of the hill is the most appealing, as it opens up the vanishing point.
Have you considered another crop, like this one, to make that patch a focal point, near the UR third ? It's only an idea (a few touch ups were made). The original is really excellent.

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Clifton Jones Clifton Jones   {K:10688} 5/25/2004
Fantastc composition..great colors...magnificent shot..
Clifton...

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Carmem A. Busko   {K:48785} 5/25/2004
Hi,Hugo, wonderful composition.. road leads us into picture...
Excellent as usual. 7.
Carmem

Oh, I?m glad you?ve appreciated my "birthday party".. I hope someday that meeting can be real..

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Rebecca Raybon   {K:26654} 5/25/2004
Lovely composition and perspective. The tonal range excellent. Their doesn't have to be a focal point in this to create tension. The barron land lends itself to tension. Great image. Regards, Rebecca

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Jorge Valerio   {K:528} 5/25/2004
Tanks for comments. Great composition! I like the light and colors range. Road's zig zag it's a interesting detail.
Congratulations
Jorge

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Hugo de Wolf Hugo de Wolf   {K:185110} 5/25/2004
Hi Thilo, You expressed my sentiments exactly... And maybe that's also what does create a tension. The desire for an object to keep the attention, yet on the other hand the silence by the absence of that object...

As the desolated landscape, with not a single soul in sight (we even passed a vilage of about 100 houses, which was entirely deserted, people seems to evade the area in winter) was making us feel pretty small, the image holds a great tension to me, but for a reason that cannot be shown in a single photo... (and yet, there are two more to come....)

Thanks!

Hugo

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Thilo Bayer Thilo Bayer   {K:50358} 5/25/2004
Hugo, I like the color range, the tonal range and the composition. the sky is wisely separated from the foreground. the road makes its' way perfectly through the picture and ends in the unknown. I like the silence that this picture demonstrates.

I personally would love to see something that adds a bit more tension though. On the other hand this would possibly break the silence ;-)
cheers, thilo

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Teunis Haveman Teunis Haveman   {K:53426} 5/25/2004
Hugo,
Ik heb op je vraag gereageerd
Wat een schitterend landschap en mooi zolas de weg naar de horizon loopt
Er zit spanning in deze foto.
Teunis

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Pedro Libório Pedro Libório   {K:53861} 5/25/2004
wonderful composition,
fantastic place!
I just love it!
regards.

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José Azevedo José Azevedo   {K:9845} 5/25/2004
The loneliness of the road brings freedom to my mind. Its curves drive my eyes to the horizon.
The colors are also a pleasure - a mix of pale, warn and cold - that addd to the "empty" mood of the picture. It's all yours, for your pleasure only.
If there were something happening there, it'd close our minds since it would become an image of something that was happening.
The way it is, it's up to our minds to explore the possibilities this open road has reserved to us. I like pictures that respect my imagination.
Congratulations! Regards from Brazil, Jose Azevedo.

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Riny  Koopman   {K:19998} 5/25/2004
great perspective whit beautiful landscape
i will return over three weeks
groet-riny

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Gerhard Hoogterp   {K:4863} 5/25/2004
The road leads the eye nicely into and through the photo. In my opinion the main problem is that there's nothing happening really. It's a nice landscape but for my feeling it lacks a point of interest.

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