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"People at Work" Splitting Slate

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Copyright: Les Bennett (williewhistler) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 65 W: 0 N: 42] (764)
Genre: People
Medium: Black & White
Date Taken: 2013-09-23
Categories: Daily Life, Decisive Moment, Portrait
Camera: Nikon D300s, 17-55mm 2.8
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/30 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Friday Theme 2013/09/27 'People At Work' [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2013-09-26 13:59
Viewed: 818
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This was taken in a Cornish Slate Quarry,apparently a new splitting shed will soon be in use,luckily for me this old shed has a much more interesting BG,even if the light was poor.
Taken in RAW colour and converted to BW in CS5.
Some minor adjustment in PS curves and sharpened using High Pass filter.

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  • Great 
  • RSK Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1089 W: 589 N: 1943] (14753)
  • [2013-09-26 16:39]

Quite an art to splitting these slates properly,so as to keep any spoilage to a minimum,I would expect Les.
I like that you preferred to show his action of splitting the slate with a slow shutter speed, to get that blurred motion movement of his right hand.You mentioned that the light was poor,you have handled it well & all of the varied textures have been captured in clarity & detail.Fits this weeks them well.


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  • suzley Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1833 W: 317 N: 3045] (23928)
  • [2013-09-27 4:27]

Its a joy watching slate being cut this way.
Ideal tones to show off this scene, and ideal addition to theme week.


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  • john1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 0 N: 886] (8448)
  • [2013-09-27 7:57]

Hi Les,

Very nice action shot and very good contribution for the theme of friday, I like very much the choise of B/W.
The détails and the perfect light for the composition, excellent frame too.
My best regards.

Hello Les, it is indeed fascinating watching these skilled workers.
The b/w works effectively here, and his action with his arm in the air adds to the documentary.
Well done.
Regards Jean.

Hi,excellent study of a man at work,well composed with great shades and tones.All the best Otto.

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  • werdir Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1416 W: 147 N: 2654] (11957)
  • [2013-09-27 10:29]

A good contribution to the theme. Very different and interesting, and not too shabby for a high ISO shot. The relatively slow shutter worked nicely to capture his hand movement.

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