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  #159 Tools of the Trade
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Typesetting       ©2015 Mepo
Canon EOS REBEL T3i       15th place, 55 points
1/40s, f4.5, ISO 800, 291mm, Aperture Priority, Center Weighted Average, no flash
 
Post-Processing: Straighten and crop. Clone one distraction. Adjust levels.       Extra Info: She told me they still use type made out of lead but she is aware of the danger and takes the necessary precautions (including a yearly blood test). The text she is composing will be printed on a flatbed press - one sheet at a time. The large letter 'B' in the foreground is made from cross grain cut hardwood.
 
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Mepo
Jun 22, 2015
    Thanks for the comments. Always appreciated.

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forkcandles
Jun 22, 2015
    in my favs nice info

Mepo
Jun 21, 2015
    Steve: Thanks - I'm a sucker for these old trades also. I find kids learn so much more from seeing this kind of thing compared to the modern equivalent. One can learn so much and perhaps also appreciated the development of new technologies. One artisan who makes old brooms was showing some kids the correct way to use one. The kids were totally involved and animated. They were learning something new (so was I. LOL)
akilter: Thanks. That's what I wanted to show.
aoc46: I had hoped that her face would reflect her character and pleasant disposition towards what would be a boring job for some. The crop also let me include some of the materials they use; the old oil lamp that provides extra light on dull days and the wonderful old wood filing trays for the type. I felt these all added to the story along with a printed sheet to show the result.
The tool she is using is a pair of basic metal snips which are used in many trades. I don't think a close up of these would transmit the story of the print shop at all. You are right in the sense that a close up would show a "tool" as required by the challenge and I understand that point of view. I also appreciate your taking the time to comment. Thanks.

aoc46
Jun 21, 2015
    Nice presentation of a tool in use, though it's hard to see what she's doing. I'd consider a close-up of the hands;her face is nice but doesn't add to the story.
Edited on Jun 21, 2015

aKilter
Jun 20, 2015
    I like the composition showing the tool in use. It makes for a nice image.
Edited on Jun 20, 2015

SteveBee
Jun 19, 2015
    Very interesting and nicely shot. Love to see folks preserving old ways.
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