IRAN, as seen with E-M5 Dramatic Tone and Monotone (IMGS)

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IRAN, as seen with E-M5 Dramatic Tone and Monotone (IMGS)
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I have been back home for a few days after 15 truly wonderful days in Iran.

Impressive landscapes, beautiful cities and most importantly: friendly and hospitable people.

We had prepared with a bit of basic farsi/persian, and that was the best move ever.

In the coming weeks I will be processing a truckload of images, to result in multiple galleries.

For now, I'll just share some B&Ws that I already converted in-camera while still there.

Useful to get a quick first impression of what B&W could look like later.

I've done a few slight LR tweaks on the OOC JPGs.  More subtle work (and colour) will come later.

Quick gallery of those first impressions is here: http://roelh.zenfolio.com/p551801606

Some samples:

Night train Tehran-Shiraz (µFT Oly 45mm at F1.8)

Shiraz, courtyard of Imamzadeh-ye Ali Ebn-e Hamze  (µFT Oly 40-150mm)

Shiraz, outside Arg-e Karim Khan (with uncharacteristic rain for this southern city) (µFT Oly 12-40mm)

Entrance portal of the Caravanserai of Meybod (near Yazd) (Rokinon 7.5mm FE)

Grab shot through the windshield of our car on the road from Yazd to Isfahan (µFT Oly 40-150, S priority)

Portal of Masjed-e Shah (Imam) in Isfahan (µFT Oly 12-40mm)

Dry Zayandeh river in Isfahan and Si-O Seh bridge (Rokinon 7.5mm FE)

our guide Zahra in the Caravanserai Marenjab near Kashan (µFT Oly 45mm at F1.8 around sunset)

Masjed-e Agha Bozorg in Kashan (µFT Oly 12-40mm)

a foreign delegation (I understood: from Iraq) on pilgrimage in Qom (Rokinon 7.5mm FE)

Thank you for looking. Comments welcome.

Kheyli mamnoun!

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In reply to RoelHendrickx, 5 months ago

Roel,

beautiful photos, congratulations! My favourite is #4,  very Escher-esque: I wonder how you have obtained the engraved look, very nice!

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Re: IRAN, as seen with E-M5 Dramatic Tone and Monotone (IMGS)
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Roel, that is some stunning stuff!

Keep 'em coming!

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In reply to sgm0369, 5 months ago

sgm0369 wrote:

Roel,

beautiful photos, congratulations! My favourite is #4, very Escher-esque: I wonder how you have obtained the engraved look, very nice!

Escher - now that is an interesting connotation.

That "engraved look" is just a result of the intricate brickwork in the building. It catches the light in the most beautiful, subtle way.

Architecture is really something there, both in the extremely opulent shiny tiled mosques, as in other buildings, with their mud-coloured brick and adobe walls : all have their respective flourishes.

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Re: IRAN, as seen with E-M5 Dramatic Tone and Monotone (IMGS)
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Roel, some of them are really, really beautiful pictures.
Hat off, and thank you for sharing.

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Marvellous!

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fotophool wrote:

Roel, that is some stunning stuff!

Thank you.

Keep 'em coming!

I will...

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Re: IRAN, as seen with E-M5 Dramatic Tone and Monotone (IMGS)
In reply to RoelHendrickx, 5 months ago

Really nice photos, thanks!

I like the first shot a lot.

Great use of the fisheye.

Also, nice portrait of your guide, who has a winning smile!

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Roel, I think you've excelled yourself here and that's saying something. The B&W really works especially those with robed figures and brings out the textural aspects of the architecture wonderfully. Great use of fish eye as well. You certainly make me want to go there!

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Fantastic so far Roel, can't wait to see more!

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These are wonderful.

Love the B&W, love the use of the fisheye

What a shame it is that those of us in the west usually see such negative images of this part of the world.
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Very nice Roel. Looks like some of your strongest work.

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Absolutely amazing work!

Thank you for posting such inspirational photos.

Please link to your 500px, Flickr, etc.  Would like to follow you.

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Awesome shots. The dynamic tone and B&W really work well as a series.

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Superb series, how do people react to cameras, did you ever feel threatened?

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Zahra is a babe! Nice shots

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Artistic shots. Would love see more of Iran through your lens!

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Absolutely beautyful I love 4 ( its hypnotic, how did u manage that) 5 for the dreamy surreal look of the landscape and 9 for the momentum in the photo.

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In reply to Sergeg, 5 months ago

Sergeg wrote:

Superb series, how do people react to cameras, did you ever feel threatened?

I never ever felt threatened.

Most people loved being photographed.

But of course, I have a habit of approaching in a very open and disarming way: I never act sneakily and I think that probably there would be more adverse reactions if one tried to "steal" an image. On the contrary, I act openly (quite a necessity too when working with fisheye : you really have to get as close as you can, up to the point of a flying flag touching your head...)

In fact, I have never been photographed as much myself, as some kind of tourist attraction (the european guy with the camera). People asked my wife and myself frequently to pose with them.

There have been just a few exceptions: people that did not want to be photographed (and I respected that of course), mostly for cultural reasons:

- some older women in Abyaneh who probably had gotten tired of tourists

- sometimes girls and women in chador did not like their face to be photographed, but they did not mind to be in a shot in an anonymous was (hence quite a few silhouettes)

- when we visited a certain person in his home, he was VERY happy to pose himself and also his grandchildren, but his wife shied away, because she was not fully covered.

- in Kashan, we stumbled upon a wedding in full swing. The young bridegroom objected to me pointing a camera at his young wife (although she was made up and dressed like a Bollywood movie star), which made me wonder what the point was of all that display in broad daylight; I figured that this woman would probably soon be covered from the looks of all men...

Those were the exceptions.

(Oh yes, and I kept my camera tucked away too when we passed Natanz nuclear facility by bus, but that is another story.)

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