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Photographer  Omar Rifaat {Karma:10141}
Project #46 Henri Camera Model Rolleiflex Automat
Categories Street
Film Format
Portfolio Glimpses Lens Carl Zeiss
Uploaded 9/10/2005 Film / Memory Type Ilford  Delta Pro
    ISO / Film Speed 400
Views 1236 Shutter
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6.16
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Location City -  London
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Country - United Kingdom   United Kingdom
About This is a scan of a print I made in the darkroom today. Over the past few months I have been trying to teach myself how to make prints. (This is why I've been underactive recently on Usefilm). It seems easy, but I realise more and more that it is as much of an art as photography is itself. For those who are familiar with the technique (perhaps not many anymore?), this is on Ilford MG IV paper, the base exposure (on the paper) was 15sec at f8 (grade 5)while dodging the face area for about 10 sec of this. Then I burned in the upper half with an additional 15 sec (grade 4) and then the buildings on the right another 15 sec (grade 1 -- to get some detail)
For those of you who really want to take control, I strongly recommend doing some old fashioned darkroom work. It really makes you appreciate photos so much more. It takes some time (this one took me about 45 min to get right..) but the results make you really happy and you could never replicate this with a computer printer.
For those of you who are old hands at this, hats off to you! I am just a beginner....
Regards to all my friends (even if I'm quiet these days!!)

Omar
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There are 50 Comments in 1 Pages
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Paul Freeman Paul Freeman   {K:35461} 11/27/2014
You did a great job with this Omar. Are you still using film and paper?
Regards

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Ali  dewchi    {K:15992} 9/26/2008
very expressive

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Kiarang Alaei Kiarang Alaei   {K:49415} 2/23/2008
the flower pot means alot in the middle.
great and joyful shot with the soft BW exposure!

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arwa abdullah   {K:34415} 7/18/2007
Stunning image great exposure and a lovely calm moment captured perfectly!
Your hard work really paid off! 7++++++++++++
Congratulations on the FPD

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txules                                . txules  .   {K:62773} 2/9/2007
congrats for this fabulous shot, but not sure about two things nonetheless: first of all, your statement that you can not get something like this is in digital world; I have to recognize is difficult to get the tonal range and the intrinsic quality of film itself but not sure; and secondly a minor nit: I'd prefer the girl was looking outside instead directly to the camera; anyway, this is a superb capture with a super post-process. Congrats for the award
jd

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Cleveland Smith Cleveland Smith   {K:7006} 2/9/2007
Omar, congratulations on Photographer of the Day award, very well deserved. Darkroom work is another project in itself. Good job with this image.

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Riham Essam Riham Essam   {K:4931} 5/27/2006
congrats ...amazing view i like it soooooooo much excellent ....:)

Best regards,
Riham Essam

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Medhat Mahmoud Medhat Mahmoud   {K:241} 4/28/2006
Omar, very nice shot. the use of the B&W made it wonderful. well done.
Medhat

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Koteiba Fayyad Koteiba Fayyad   {K:3539} 4/28/2006
Emotional mood, Smart monochrome, helping to indulge into this spiritual mood.hazy backgroud, yet a sharp flower infocus for the scenario. however the look of the lady in the picture is distracting the mood, she is looking to you instread of the flower. but you still force me to love the photo with such an excellent photo directing and realization

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sara sue   {K:2117} 3/24/2006
well i guess it was worth the 45 min u spent on it really a gr8 job...nice shot and gr8 B&W

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AHMAD BORHAM AHMAD BORHAM   {K:1362} 3/9/2006
the soft light on her face is great...but the connection between her and the vase is not clear for me??
well done for both photography and printing

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zosia zija zosia zija   {K:11106} 12/4/2005
very nice !

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Roland Lacson Roland Lacson   {K:12214} 11/5/2005
Hello Omar, I like the mood & tone of this photograph. Nice thirds by placing subject to right of frame & giving her the room to gaze @. The flora is perfectly placed between buildings, I do echo's Mia's comment regarding the spot, if it can't be removed in the negative I'd do so in PS. The technique you used during the process is called "Split Filtered", I too am still printing in the darkroom & do the same from time to time as well as toning traditionally (Wet). Warm congrats for the award, best wishes.

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Mia ... Mia ...   {K:2993} 10/20/2005
How truly odd that it took this long. When I left it, it just disappeared into computerland someplace. I note that you won awards for this image and I congratulate you!

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Omar Rifaat   {K:10141} 10/20/2005
Hi Mia,
I?m not sure why but your comment only appeared in my inbox this week!
I appreciate very much that you took the time to look at my image and make such thoughtful comments. I readily admit that I am a newcomer to printing and it is very helpful for me to receive feedback from people like you who have so much more experience. I am still trying to figure out philosophically how much alteration I ought to do to the image. On the one hand I do like the spontaneous feeling that comes from a shot with some irregularities but then I do appreciate that an image is nothing if not the concrete projection of an inner vision that need not be a mere replica of the world as the eye sees it.
I will take your advice and continue to study the works of the great masters. Unfortunately, my work does not permit me to spend nearly as much time as I would like with photography, so it may be that I may never attain perfection!
Omar

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1 1   {K:30} 9/28/2005
Great Picture Omar! It makes me happy every time when I see a picture, taken on NEGATIVE, and also made the print itself in the lab.
No PS - That is photograpy!

Best regards

Adam von Mack

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Raffaele Bardelli   {K:3262} 9/16/2005
what a poetry in this image, it tell a story.
I like its mood. Good work, Omar.
Regards.

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PK- Photos PK- Photos   {K:13099} 9/12/2005
Hi, very good darkroom-work, congrats, like the light-situation and also the soft light in her face.
Its a wonderful and creative Hobby. I learned it in a workshop and it was funny to see the own b/w-prints:)

best regards, Pia

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Endre Novak Endre Novak   {K:12666} 9/12/2005
Superb!
Endre

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Judi Liosatos Judi Liosatos   {K:34047} 9/12/2005
For this moment it would be hard for some...but be patient and wait...and good will always come to you.

Judi

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delete my account   {K:3679} 9/12/2005
Hey Omar!!
Nice to see you got awarded again :)
This is fantastic.. The rose, her expression, really perfect =D

I'll follow your photos more... im really impressed by your latest work!
Fantastic

best wishes abel

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Roberto Arcari Farinetti Roberto Arcari Farinetti   {K:209486} 9/12/2005
OMG..
i'm so falttered..

;)

have a nice week
roby

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Mia ... Mia ...   {K:2993} 9/12/2005
Hi Omar, I just happened to notice this image. Since I'm a b/w fan and had my own darkroom for over 7 years, let me congratulate you on exploring what is the most demanding of all photographic art forms. B/W is also (imho) the most beautiful photo art form as well. I'm not going to pick this apart since there are some fine classical elements in the image but three items stand out that hurt the strength of your composition. One: I think it hurts to have her eye looking at you while the image is taken. Two: burn in the bottom of the right corner completely, if any element does not add to the composition, then it detracts. Three: when you look at the attached image, there is an odd shape on the left hand side which I circled. I would have gone to extreme lengths to get rid of it.
In summary, rejoice, you have embarked upon a path that will change how you view imaging completely. Ansel Adams was quoted as having said something like it took him 13 years to make the very first image from what he saw in his mind to what he achieved on the print.
I typically took about 1 full week of experimenting in the darkroom with different developers, dodging, burning and selenium toning before I would be satisfied there was nothing else I could do to improve the image. Another really great printer is John Sexton. You can look him up in Google if you desire.

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Omar Rifaat   {K:10141} 9/11/2005
Jeanette,
Actually her man was taking the photo!! I hope she was not waiting for someone else!! ;)
Omar

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Jeanette Hägglund Jeanette Hägglund   {K:59855} 9/11/2005
Wonderful Omar, i like the mood and the composition. The woman waiting for her man and meanwhile she are so thoughtful! (but i know.... :))

Jeanette

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Leticia Sulzbacher Lessa   {K:119} 9/11/2005
Belíssima e singela...
esta composição é pura poesia,
inda mais em B&W!

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Golboo Fiuzy   {K:2359} 9/11/2005
Wow!
Is great With good exposure.
Building in background and flowers are perfect.
Waiting...
Bravo!

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eugenio intini   {K:-75} 9/11/2005
wonderful...bye

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Mohamed Banna Mohamed Banna   {K:34237} 9/11/2005
congratulations for the POD
7777777

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Omar Rifaat   {K:10141} 9/11/2005
Ciao Roby,
Your are such a nice and supportive person! Thanks for the comments, and thanks for the faviourite! You are one of those 'essential' Usefilmers, without whom it wouldn't be the same...
Omar

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Ehdae  (Abullha AL Hazza)   {K:4725} 9/11/2005
great contrast and superb work, congrats, best regards

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Dorota Wroblewska   {K:340} 9/11/2005
well done, best regards.

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Ruse Iulia   {K:13} 9/11/2005
real nice!

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Hanggan Situmorang Hanggan Situmorang   {K:37833} 9/11/2005
Omar, you've done a great job and achievement, my friend. Regardless of this beautiful moment, lighting, and outstanding BW, I also salute you for sparing your time doing the conventional darkroom yourself. I've been doing digital darkroom, but never try the conventional one; I think I might try to purchase a film camera and learn the darkroom technique..:)
Thank you for sharing this wonderful moment of yours.
My best regards,
Hanggan

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Giuliano Guarnieri Giuliano Guarnieri   {K:36622} 9/11/2005
:)

I fully agree with your about ! :)))

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Roberto Arcari Farinetti Roberto Arcari Farinetti   {K:209486} 9/11/2005
hi omar..

1? my best congrats for the fantastic shot.. very dark intimate and delicate,
2? my best congrats for the POD very well deserved it..
3? the choice of project is perfect!
4? if you want, your shot goes on, immediatley in my favs..
5? a perfect work in the about, just to learn.. my friend!
my best wishes..
roby

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cessy karina   {K:14205} 9/11/2005
Hi Omar
very nice portrait
I love her eye glancing on you
beautiful lighting, arangement of flower, every detail in this photo so lovely
congrats with the award

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Glen Converse   {K:2000} 9/11/2005
great portrait, Omar!

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Kiarang Alaei Kiarang Alaei   {K:49415} 9/11/2005
Lovely feeling my friend, your exposure is great in this positin of inddor/outdoor light. the angle & composition works well to share a simply hearty feeling. just bravo!

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Thilo Bayer Thilo Bayer   {K:50358} 9/11/2005
Hi Omar,

that's a fine portrait with the differences in lighting and the "hey, I'm trapped" look of your favorite model (your wife?). your experiments sounds great. maybe I will do that one day as well. good old-fashioned things come back.

best wishes,
Thilo

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Omar Rifaat   {K:10141} 9/10/2005
Hi Mariana,
Thanks for dropping by! I like your blog site, you have a really creative mind! I love the poem about riding around in the car and the 10 ton truck... Strange for me, because that's somthing that I tell my beloved too... but you make it sound much better..
I'm happy you left a comment because now I'll look out for your work..
Omar

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Mariana Castro   {K:323} 9/10/2005
I like it a lot... and now I like it even more (after reading what you wrote).

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Rupert Ronca Rupert Ronca   {K:216} 9/10/2005
I love this image, the expression, you can't tell if she's glancing at the camera or looking into the distance. Tells a story. Well done with the dark room stuff, must give it a go, thanks.

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Ayşe Sanem Çolak Ayşe Sanem Çolak   {K:4516} 9/10/2005
i don't know about darkroom work but result looks beautiful. i like the seperation and tone ranges between foreground and backround. very beautiful.

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Omar Rifaat   {K:10141} 9/10/2005
Hi Fabrice,
I think you are right! I changed the project... Henri is my role model, so thenks for the compliment!!
Hope you are well.
Omar

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Karina Brys Karina Brys   {K:16541} 9/10/2005
Great job Omar. Of course, the photo and I mean compo, subject etc. (apart from the darkroom part) is really great as well. So even if it were done digitally, it would be ok. But I agree, technically the old fashioned way still is much more beautiful.

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Galal El Missary   {K:84569} 9/10/2005
Great mood Omar , wonderful composition , very well done .

Galal

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G G G G   {K:61359} 9/10/2005
Superb omar.. I like the expression of the woman.. and I think that I would put it in Henri project..
Congrats
Fabrice

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Tugba Alkan   {K:189} 9/10/2005
well done!

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ictenbey / Emrah ICTEN ictenbey / Emrah ICTEN   {K:16316} 9/10/2005
perfect ...

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