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  #159 Tools of the Trade
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Ironman       ©2015 Mepo
Panasonic DMC-FZ200       1st place, 265 points
1/160s, f3.2, ISO 800, 112mm, Aperture Priority, Pattern, no flash
 
Post-Processing: Straighten. Reduce highlights. Adjust contrast USM       Extra Info: More people are going back to train as blacksmiths so these skills are being passed on.
 
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Zhaark
Jun 25, 2015
    Great job Mepo, I had you placed at #1.
To me, this was the best image out of both the main and open entries.
Congrads. Z

Mepo
Jun 24, 2015
    I appreciate all the comments and have posted some outtakes where I hope I have used them to improve the image. It's so helpful to get comments especially from those who's work one admires. babysister - I'm not sure if the sigh is because you are dying to catch me out :-) - I'm being extra careful after giving you a hard time about the subject LOL

Old Finn
Jun 23, 2015
    Congrats, well done!

Jade O.
Jun 23, 2015
    Kudos for credits to Lo but a tool is just a tool until it gets in the hands of a talented user. Full marks for this one. You have almost a Van Meer quality of lighting here. Very impressive.

wrosenthal
Jun 22, 2015
    Congratulations. Nicely done!

Mepo
Jun 22, 2015
    I'm tickled pink with all the nice comments. Now for some experimentation with your suggestions. Special thanks to Lo for lending me her camera.

Lo
Jun 22, 2015
    Way to go MEPO

ysal
Jun 22, 2015
    Congrats, this was my top pick!!!

babysister
Jun 22, 2015
    Congratulations Mepo. My favourite photo for a long time.
AND it's level. Sigh!

Amberbug
Jun 22, 2015
    Congrats Mepo

Jade O.
Jun 22, 2015
    Congrats, got my first place vote!

mrsawyer
Jun 22, 2015
    A momentous occasion! Both my #1 picks won!!!

Congrats!!!

RobertLavker
Jun 22, 2015
    Congrats - well done

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Mepo
Jun 22, 2015
    Jade: Thanks and good to see you back. I decided against faking the window view but that may have been the wrong decision. I did play with the crop and even came up with a creditable B&W of the figure alone - perhaps in hindsight . . .

Jade O.
Jun 22, 2015
    Now this is one I'm struggling with. The lighting on the subject iron worker is superb and frankly is throughout except for the blown window which 1) is needed to keep attention from drifting outside but 2) is so bright it pulls my eye there. Not sure how to "fix" that. I will say as much as I like the rule of thirds placement of the subject, I might be tempted to crop the left side to "square" the image. (Also I feel the head is a little tight against the top of the frame but that's a niggly.)

Mepo
Jun 22, 2015
    AN Other. Thanks. Very observant - you are right. He does most of his work back near the forge for the reasons you stated. Here he is twisting the end of a hook into a decorative spiral (no need for an exact temperature) and it is easier done from the standing position. There is no room for a high bench near the forge so to the window where his 'watchmakers vice' :-) is located.

Amberbug: Thanks, and annealed too :-)

Amberbug
Jun 22, 2015
    "REVEALED" Nice shot, lighting, composition.

A.N.Other
Jun 22, 2015
    Lovely detail and location. Just the kind of thing I was hoping to see. I'm surprised though that he is working the metal so close to a large bright window. I read that blacksmiths usually work in subdued lighting so that they can tell when the metal is at the correct temperature by the colour it glows, and window light makes this quite difficult. GL.
Edited on Jun 23, 2015

Mepo
Jun 22, 2015
    Thanks again for another crop of comments. All much appreciated.

As fc points out this is indeed from Upper Canada Village which is is one of the largest living-history sites in Canada. It sits on our border with NY State which you can see across the water (Wilson Hill Island).

It's one of our favourite places to visit summer and winter. Highly recommended. Be sure and contact us if you want a personalized 'Panachallenge' tour :-)

http://www.uppercanadavillage.com/tour-the-village-things-to-do/tour-the-village/

forkcandles
Jun 22, 2015
    another picture from upper canada village
recognised the blacksmith

ysal
Jun 22, 2015
    Very nice image of the old-time shop and the blacksmith. Great array of old tools. One of my top picks.

Lo
Jun 21, 2015
    This is a great study of the concentration and the tools that it takes to get the job done. The window is a bit of a distraction, but I still like its inclusion to show the source of the natural light that washes across the scene.

wrosenthal
Jun 21, 2015
    Great lighting on this one! And also a fine character study.

SteveBee
Jun 21, 2015
    Very nice lighting and composition. Well done.

Mepo
Jun 21, 2015
    Thanks to everyone who took the time to comment. I'm glad you liked the shot.
aoc46. I prefer the window as shot as I think it lends some authenticity and depth to the shot and does not distract the eye, However you may well be right, especially given the modern trend towards HDR in everything.

Old Finn
Jun 20, 2015
    Interesting subject, well composed, good PP. In my favorites.

RobertLavker
Jun 20, 2015
    Nicely composed and exposed.

babysister
Jun 20, 2015
    Beautiful composition and lighting. Love it.

aoc46
Jun 19, 2015
    Great scene, nice composition. Would it have been possible to strip in a less-exposed view of the window? Or was it snowing out there?

bryanshoots
Jun 19, 2015
    Great environmental shot. In my top picks.
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