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  #70 Everyday Things
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Makita 4" Grinder       ©2009 Mepo
Panasonic DMC-FZ30       11th place, 65 points
1/14s, f3.6, ISO 200, 84mm, Shutter Priority, Pattern, no flash
 
Post-Processing: Lighten shadows 5%, re-sized for entry, USM, no other pp.       Extra Info: My favorite power tool. Over 30yrs old and still going strong. I use it to grind, cut and shape steel, wood and even stone.
 
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Mepo
Dec 11, 2009
    Hi Franz: Not at all. As I said I appreciate your comments. I am also old enough not to take comments the wrong way - if someone wants to insult me or my photos they would have to try very hard LOL. Your comments were most helpful and I understand your point of view and learn from it.

Don't apologize for your English, it is very good and understandable. If you are not careful I will start using my Hungarian and then we will all be lost for sure ROFLOL.

In view of the excellent work I have seen from you so far I look forward to your 'real life' and 'portraits'. Keep your comments coming and your sense of humour too. Eljen (I hope that means Cheers or Skal :-)

Franz07
Dec 11, 2009
    Hi Mepo, I hope you did not feel criticized or discouraged by my comment. That was not my aim! I like your whole shot and not only the sparkles. That's why it is in my TT.
Could well be that my comments are mistakable because I have to look up a lot of translations and I don't always know what a native English speaker reads between the lines of my words...
I had this problem once on another forum when someone felt I was offending, although I actually tried to find especially nice words ( in a very cumbersome way) to highly praise him... :-D
Till now I'm really bad in 'real-life', 'street-' and 'portrait' photography. I want to learn how to keep the items in their environment. So if you should be in the minority, than it is the 'next higher' one, where the people already did the step that I am hesitating to do. ;-)

Mepo
Dec 8, 2009
    Thanks Maike. Your support was very encouraging.

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Maike13
Dec 7, 2009
    Great choice of subject. This action shot really stands out in a topic where most entries are still life. Very nicely captured too and the composition is excellent too.

Mepo
Dec 6, 2009
    Hi Franz: I always consider it a bonus when I get a comment from you! You guessed that my intent was to try and add some life or sparkle to a boring subject. I'm happy you liked that part. The workpiece is a piece of 4cm steel angle held upright in my vice. I did some tests to determine the shutter speed for the best spark pattern and then went from there. As for the tool box, see my reply to Jade. I prefer not to isolate items from their natural environment, I love looking away from the main subject to see what I can learn from the rest of a photo. But I can see I am in the minority and that is a common position for me :-) And here I was hoping that this entry would knock you and Billy off the podium ROFLOL.

p.s. I am fascinated by the technique of reading the spark shapes and patterns. These can tell you what kind of steel you are working with - for example - will it make a good knife.
Edited on Dec 7, 2009

Franz07
Dec 5, 2009
    Great idea to show an every day scene with a special effect!
The tool cupboard is a little bit distracting and I can not recognize the workpiece, that's a pity. But those spraying sparkles and your camera settings to achieve them are amazing!

Mepo
Dec 4, 2009
    Jade: Thank you for the comments. What I was trying to do was show the tool in actual usage and I hoped that the jumble in my workshop might lend more interest to the shot. The toolbox is mostly illuminated by the grinder - it's an interesting light source and I want to play with it some more.
Edited on Dec 7, 2009

Jade O.
Dec 3, 2009
    Maybe this is your everyday tool so I'll guess the image qualifies. The pattern is beautiful but I can't decide whether the background is distracting or complimentary (a dark unlit background would be cliche but the eye is drawn away from the sparks - I think a shallower depth of field or darker background is called for here). Well composed and effectively framed.
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