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Oct 13, 2008 12:24 |  #1

Took this pic of old blacksmiths shop which my friends father worked for years,any C&C is welcome.

Thanks....Andy


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Oct 13, 2008 12:50 |  #2

This is an environment I like a lot. You have captured it very well with good details. You might consider to selectevely increase the contrast, to make the image 'pop' a bit more.


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Oct 13, 2008 13:15 |  #3

this screams out for a b&w version, or even sepia if you're in to that sort of thing.

a very busy shot, but, I don't think that's a problem. I find myself enjoying all of the subtle details.

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Oct 13, 2008 15:59 as a reply to  @ RAPhotography's post |  #4

Great shot. My dad had a friend who was a blacksmith- the last in our area-... man, how I wish I could have visited his shop and taken a photo like this one. A human element would have even added a nice touch. Do you have any with the blacksmith in the corner/edge of the photo?


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Oct 13, 2008 16:02 |  #5

Hi there this is a great shot well done




  
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Oct 13, 2008 16:15 |  #6

i love the scene..
and agree with Ryan about the b&w / sepia conversion ...

couldn't help myself.. hope u don't mind...

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Oct 13, 2008 16:21 |  #7

I wouldn't convert it to B&W, I think it's very nice as is.




  
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Oct 13, 2008 16:24 as a reply to  @ mi_reefy's post |  #8

I can smell the iron in the air.

I hope that the image "was/can be" done in RAW as it has enormous potential, B&W conversion being only one route.


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Oct 13, 2008 16:45 |  #9

Cool, looks like one of those images from 1st person shooter PC games :)




  
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Oct 13, 2008 16:50 as a reply to  @ masayako's post |  #10

Love your photo just as it is Andy




  
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Oct 13, 2008 20:22 |  #11

poppie guy wrote in post #6489260 (external link)
I wouldn't convert it to B&W, I think it's very nice as is.

Ditto! The tonality and soft color / tint are what makes this photo. BW would be too harsh and I think sepia would distract from some of the great, sharp detail.


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Oct 14, 2008 00:43 |  #12

Great scene, I'm waiting to hear the clang of the hammer. The image is great as is and I like the tone and feel of it. I've looked at it for quite awhile now, and keep finding new details which is awesome. It's as close to exploring a blacksmith shop as I will ever get. In my humble opinion I like the original image. B&W would work, but would not necessarily be better.




  
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Oct 14, 2008 09:29 |  #13

Awesome.
This is a perfect setting for a greater shot.
I think this photo would improve 500% with a old blacksmith hammering away at some heated iron object with his tools.


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Oct 14, 2008 09:34 |  #14

betebete wrote in post #6493555 (external link)
Awesome.
This is a perfect setting for a greater shot.
I think this photo would improve 500% with a old blacksmith hammering away at some heated iron object with his tools.

I agree, a grizzled old smitty would do nicely!


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Oct 14, 2008 10:06 |  #15

Just my own $.02 worth here....

Personally, I would NOT turn this into a black & white. The soft colors of this shot work perfect for it...any change in that regards would be a big mistake in my opinion. It could stand maybe a slight contrast boost, but I think that would be about it.

The one thing I would change about this composition is simply the angle it was shot in the room or possibly even just the crop. First, having that vice there in the foreground on the left side there is distracting to me. Also having the forge that close to center feels a little awkward. In my mind at least, while this shot is about the over-all look and feel of the room, the forge is really the anchor if you will, so I would have put it further to the left in the composition (rule of thirds).

To be honest here, I think I might have moved around this room a little more and tried shooting it from a few different angles. Again I love the over all feel and the soft saturation but to me there is a lack of symmetry or something here that throws the shot off a bit.

Again just my $.02,
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