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Photographer Hugo de Wolf  Hugo de Wolf {Karma:185110}
Project #31 The Square Image Camera Model Yashica 124 G
Categories Alternative Process
Film Format
Portfolio Emotions
Creative Photos
Lens 80mm
Uploaded 3/19/2004 Film / Memory Type Kodak T400cn
    ISO / Film Speed 0
Views 1351 Shutter 1/0.5'
Favorites Aperture f3.5
Critiques 34 Rating
5.84
/ 24 Ratings
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About This series is composed of the first few shots I've ever taken with my Yashica. Other than framing no PS work, the tone is deliberately printed this way. Your comments are, as always appreciated... Hermen, Mary, this is the series I meant in my email. Cheers,

Hugo
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There are 34 Comments in 1 Pages
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Kasia Z Kasia Z   {K:63} 7/7/2009
it's great. I like it . Have feeling like playing with them ..

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Hugo de Wolf Hugo de Wolf   {K:185110} 4/14/2004
Yeah! Telmo! Good to hear from you again! I'm glad you're back!

If anyone was cheating in this game, It would've been me. It was just a very layed back game, no stakes what so ever, (not even a decent gambling game, but a "family sit-in" thus quite relaxed and fairly bleak. But the lighting was right to induce the atmosphere, and it gave me a good opportunity to play around with my "new" medium format camera....;)

Thanks for your comment!

Cheers,

Hugo

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Telmo Domingues   {K:9639} 4/14/2004
Hi Hugo!!!!!! I'm back!
Wonderful shot here... I can imagine the silence around the player (you created it with the "lack" of light)and the tension in the air, with maximum attention on the game (according to the "strong" lighting on the cards...) Where they nervous? Where they cheating?... I like this a lot... This one creates me a sensation of suspense...
Hugs my friend!

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Murat Harmanlikli Murat Harmanlikli   {K:7846} 4/1/2004
Hi Hugo,
I like the series of "High Stakes" very much. I can say that following your works is really a great pleasure for me...
Regards.. Murat....

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Piotr "Stefan" T.   {K:122} 4/1/2004
I can feel the mood. Good job!

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luisa vassallo luisa vassallo   {K:28230} 3/27/2004
suggestive and beautiful!!

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Hermen Pen Hermen Pen   {K:9138} 3/27/2004
You caught the atmosphere well... I agree with some other comments about the position of the left cards. It's obvious for me that they are there deliberately, but I think that it would be better if a little bit more of them was shown.

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WALT MESK   {K:10691} 3/25/2004
scatto interessante soprattutto perche' č cosi' al naturale.sono momenti di vita che ognuno di noi ha fatto e fara',e' strano ma nelle cose piu' semplici e banali si puo' ottenere delle grandi composizioni.complimenti...walt.

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Lori Stitt   {K:75282} 3/24/2004
Hi Hugo!
A very interesting photograph indeed! I bet sepia would work well also, that 'old' look about it. Great! I like not seeing a person behind those hands....hope you were holding a good hand!! The only thing that disturbs me is the left side, the edges of two cards, yet maybe you wanted that so it tells the viewer that there are indeed others playing....but it's distracting a bit. Also the one white dot! Even if it's a spot on the table, REMOVE IT! LOL (don't ya love me? LOL) But those are just two tiny things...

Lori :)

ps... in answer to your question..the Optio. Yes, they are limiting somewhat, but for the times when I 'wish' I had a camera...it's great to have in my purse. It goes everywhere with me. When I plan to shoot, I use the Canon. Big difference, but I must admit that the Optio does better than I thought it would, so that was a surprise!!
Have a good evening!

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jon parsons   {K:13639} 3/24/2004
Dear hugo, wonderful shot my dear friend! as a former card player I can empathize with the great tension that goes on in one of these games when a good hand is held by oneself.... only I dont see any money in the pot, and that is unusual! nice presentation....jon

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KEVIN TEMPLE   {K:8657} 3/24/2004
hugo I have been away for a few days
great to be back testing the site
Did you lose in this game themn startd to take pictures
If you did great stuff
regrds
kevin

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L B.   {K:13965} 3/24/2004
De server is 'eindelijk' weer on line, maar ik weet niet of ik er blij mee moet zijn. Ik vind het er saai uitzien en weinig keur! Maar misschien is het gewoon wennen, maar nu vind ik er nog niks aan! Ik wist niet waar ik de draad weer op moest pakken, dus ik dacht laat ik maar weer eens bij Hugo gaan kijken!

Ik vind het een mooie foto, de zwart wit keize vind ik erg leuk. De toon is gezet, het zwart wit geeft echt een "bluf" gevoel. Ik ben erg te spreken over de man in het zwart, je kunt hem niet zien, dat is heel mooi gedaan! Een hele mooie foto, goed begin van de serie!
Groeten, Lex..

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tom rumland tom rumland   {K:14874} 3/19/2004
this photo makes me smile as it reminds me of a poker game. not any old poker game at your buddies house but a back-room. in some seedy party of town. with someone of questionable character. this is a tense moment. he's got no chips which means i've been beating him all night. he's steaming and starting to get tense and possibly bluffing me. his hands tell me so. they are asking me "what will you do now?". this tension and my feeling of being bluffed is exacerbated (sp?) by the fact that i cannot see his face.

this story can take any number of turns from here. the story, and indeed the mood, could've also been altered completely with only small changes in composition. a felt covered table for example would remove the back room feel, a bit more background detail, or even softer lighting, would've removed the tension.

i like it! i like where you're going with it. i can't wait to see what the next photo will reveal.

take care,
tom

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richard jefferson   {K:72} 3/19/2004
great shot hugo i can even feel the tension in the card players hands.i like the fact you havent included the peoples faces it adds to the feel of the person to play another card.great shot regards richard

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Emanuele Calvagno   {K:14353} 3/19/2004
mmm chissŕ cosa ha nelle mani!!!!
ben fatta, ma avrei contrastato di piů

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Jeff Cartwright   {K:52046} 3/19/2004
Hi! Ya,,,,Hugo : The Slight Blur of this Photograph Adds to the Excitment of the Picture!!!... very nice Shot, Hugo!!!
Best Regards:
Jeff.

Hugo! you are always, very Genteel, with your Comments, and Never use them to offend, I like that this Attribute, and I am sure that Others Share, this Opinion to!....Jeff!!!

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Fabio Keiner   {K:77775} 3/19/2004
gambling all the night long against your cam
will lead to lose all except your photo-skills
I hope and fear

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Kees and Carolyn    {K:15193} 3/19/2004
Great shot and lighting! Interesting composition. I am very curious
about the rest of this series!
Carolyn

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John Hatziemmanouil   {K:40580} 3/19/2004
Hehehe.... I have better pieces! I win! :-) lol. Good this one and surely original composition. I like this soft exposure. The foggy effect I mean in this soft sepia works like old movie's capture!

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Zsolt Radákovits Zsolt Radákovits   {K:10376} 3/19/2004
Hi Hugo!

Difficult shot! Dark table white cards, too strong spot light.
BUT good implementation, nice DOF usage. Perfect lighting at background.

Congratulation! Radák

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Tim Bronkhorst   {K:9391} 3/19/2004
Dit is een sterk staaltje fotografie. Het is aan de ene kant wel jammer dat niets echt into focus is, maar aan de andere kant versterkt het ook het 'rokerige cafe' gevoel. Mooie veel zeggende plaat.
Tim.

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B:)liana    {K:30945} 3/19/2004
Today, I decide to look at the work of all my dear Friends, but not to comment so much, but here dear Hugo, I have to comment your photograph! Everything is perfect, love the dark and shadows and light and hands emmerging .. beautiful and well captured and then I look at the left side and what did I find there, a piece of white of the card! Ufff!!! Please be good and remove it at ONCE ha ha .. and then you have a great photograph. Would make a little balance in contrast and add more black but you will do it yourself. Today, because of the TERROR in my country, on Kosovo, I am silent
Be well my dear Hugo and take care
Biliana

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Ozjan Yeshar Ozjan Yeshar   {K:15239} 3/19/2004
Superb black & white! Magnificent drama you handled in here Hugo. Cheers.
Ozjan Yeshar

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Maria Luisa Vial   {K:36017} 3/19/2004
Great as always!!!

Sincerely,

Maria

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MaryBell    {K:32791} 3/19/2004
Richard has a point in terms of composition but otherwise - this is going to be fun...shall I go on about the ambience and the possible meanings presented? I am not sure - I think that I will wait for the next two images - because I believe that some amplification and clarifying will go on in the subsequent images...I love the pitch black in the background!!

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Raamses Ortiz   {K:4408} 3/19/2004
Great photo, Hugo. I bet you got a 21 taking it.!!

Congrats,

Raamses

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Saeed Al Shamsi Saeed Al Shamsi   {K:47735} 3/19/2004
More artistic and some how creative,I add more comments when I`ll see the others,"series",Regards ,Saeed

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Richard Thornton   {K:26442} 3/19/2004
Good ol' Yashica! This has a fine ambiance. I would have liked to see either more or none of the small spot of cards on the left.

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Ursula L.   {K:1125} 3/19/2004
Great art picture Hugo. Bravo. Regards Ursula

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Nuno Murias Nuno Murias   {K:5323} 3/19/2004
There a couple moovie about card players, when Hollywood had stories to tell. This picture looks like a frame taken from that. Cant wait to see the rest!

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Gerhard Hoogterp   {K:4863} 3/19/2004
Keurig shot en afgezien van een beetje contrast en een stofje rechtsboven de kaarten links zie ik ook niet wat je er mee zou moeten bewerken. Ik ben benieuwd naar de rest van de serie..

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Teunis Haveman Teunis Haveman   {K:53426} 3/19/2004
Hugo, dit wordt zo te zien een mooie serie
Geheimzinnig en toch niet
Je wil de spanningen op de gezichten eigenlijk zien
Groet Teunis

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Thamer Al-Tassan Thamer Al-Tassan   {K:1358} 3/19/2004
Great square-ish cropping. I really like the tone and how the photo looks, it gives it that vintage mobster feel. The hands coming out of the darkness into the light adds a mystery element to it. Excellent compositoin and lighting as well.

Well done...

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Paolo De Maio   {K:34932} 3/19/2004
Hi there Hugo!!
Is it an history about card players?
The only thing the is a little bit disturbing is the little edge of the card in the lower left side.
by the way all works perfectly with a great emotive impact..this is what a feel...
Paolo

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