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  #159 Tools of the Trade
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Organized chaos       ©2015 A.N.Other
Fujifilm FinePix S100FS       2nd place, 221 points
1/8s, f3.6, ISO 200, 29mm, Manual, Pattern, no flash
Post-Processing: Layers with a little clone tool
Tone map of a single image
Burn and dodge
Spot removal tool
Slight crop and resized
Slight saturation changes
      Extra Info: The local blacksmith with a passion for metal.

He has lost his teaspoon. Can you find it for him?
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Jun 22, 2015
    Congrats. I'm glad you showed the whole shop.

Jun 22, 2015
    Congratulations on a great 2nd. I think blacksmiths are the same the world over - only they can make sense of all the tools and peices of metal around them.

Jun 22, 2015
    Amazing shot. What a chaos, yet everything looks to be in place. In my top 3.

Jun 22, 2015
    Congrats on your #2 finish!

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Jun 22, 2015
    Something looks a bit off with the color and sharpening.

Jun 22, 2015
    Thank you very much. I'm glad you gave it a second chance :-)

Jade O.
Jun 22, 2015
    Chaotic but purposeful. I didn't like this the first go around but it's grown on me quite a bit.

Jun 22, 2015
    You found it! Well done :-) .

Jun 22, 2015
    like the picture and the teaspoon......

Jun 21, 2015
    Thank you for seeing it the way I do. It's kind of counter intuitive but the clutter makes the photo I feel.
Edited on Jun 22, 2015

Jun 21, 2015
    Somehow the busy and chaotic aspect makes the shot. Nicely seen.

Jun 21, 2015
    I'm really pleased you like the photo. Thank you for the very nice comments :-) .
Edited on Jun 22, 2015

Jun 21, 2015
    Certainly fits the theme. Great depth of field and sharpness throughout the image. Well conceived and carried out.

Jun 20, 2015
    I'm so glad you like my photo so much :-) .
Edited on Jun 21, 2015

Old Finn
Jun 20, 2015
    Interesting subject, good PP and composition. My first choice.

Jun 20, 2015
    babysister - You might be right but the spoon I was thinking of is to the right of his head :-) .

I did reduce the blueness of the photo somewhat but there is a lot of natural blue in the photo. The tone mapping seemed to exaggerate the blue that was already there. Iron turns blue as a result of the firing process. Have a look at this photo and description :-


Out of interest I maxed out the colours on the original photo to see what it looked like. I will post the result on the outtakes thread about 21 hours after the announcement of the results.

aoc46 - Glad you like the place. I did try cropping in a bit but no matter which way I cropped it I was cutting off his tools of the trade, so I decided to leave as many in as I could so people could get a better feel of his working environment.
Edited on Jun 23, 2015

Jun 20, 2015
    Yes it's under the pile of horseshoes! Lovely scene. Would have like a little less blue.

Jun 20, 2015
    Great scene - would prefer a tighter crop on the worker, making him less central, to reduce the distractions a bit.

Jun 19, 2015
    I don't think I read the theme in the same way you do. To me, cropping in as close as you described would cut out dozens of items of his 'tools of the trade' that have been added to over the centuries or 'atmospheric clutter' as you called them.

I did consider zooming in closer when I was there, but I only had one chance to show you this wonderful location and a much closer crop would have prevented me from doing that.
Edited on Jun 21, 2015

Jun 19, 2015
    A very interesting photo. As far as the theme it would have been better to do a closeup of the smith's hands and the anvil on which he is working. All the rest is just atmospheric clutter.

Jun 19, 2015
    Thank you very much for the lovely comment. Glad you like it :-)
Edited on Jun 21, 2015

Jun 19, 2015
    This is a great shot, right on theme, full of interest, all in focus and well lit. Should place well.
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