Vella Kendall  

Tea Cup Maker by Vella Kendall

April 2021 - Tea Cup Maker

April 2021 - Vella Kendall


About the Image(s)

Canon 40D Canon 70-200 f/4 1 st version

ISO 640 200MM F/4 1/1000

Taken in India (2009) on a tour group and I remember getting off the bus and being pushed aside while people took their photos so this was the best I could do while we were being hustled to our destination. I cropped, played with the exposure and bumped up the red and added some clarity. We are having an annual photo competition and one of the categories is People in Action “ people in a natural informal setting (working, performing, playing, resting. I thought I would submit this.

12 comments posted

Bev Caine   Bev Caine
(Groups 48 & 80)
This image is not only well done but tells a story of the process of pottery making. I love it.   Posted: 04/01/2021 19:35:00
Vella Kendall   Vella Kendall
Thank you for your very kind words.   Posted: 04/01/2021 21:26:39

Guy Davies   Guy Davies
Gosh, those hands are so real I can almost feel the slippery wetness. This image speaks volumes about the making of pottery vessels. The nice thing is that it also leaves us to our imaginations about who is making the pot.   Posted: 04/02/2021 05:15:54
Vella Kendall   Vella Kendall
Thanks Guy. Given the positive comments, I think I will submit it to our local yearly competition.   Posted: 04/02/2021 09:27:58
Guy Davies   Guy Davies
Yes, definitely put it in!   Posted: 04/02/2021 10:03:41
Vella Kendall   Vella Kendall
Thanks Guy. Given the positive comments, I think I will submit it to our local yearly competition.   Posted: 04/02/2021 21:04:26
Vella Kendall   Vella Kendall
Thanks Guy. Given the positive comments, I think I will submit it to our local yearly competition.   Posted: 04/04/2021 10:51:22

Isaac Vaisman M.D.   Isaac Vaisman M.D.
Vella, this image should do good in your next annual photo competition. Good choice of f/stop to blur the background. The 1/1000 sec shutter speed froze the action including the drops of mud falling from the hands which are tack sharp, and take our eyes directly to the pottery being created. Did you try an image with slower shutter speed to get the motion of the rotating table ?   Posted: 04/02/2021 07:21:15
Vella Kendall   Vella Kendall
Issac, I was literally pushed out of the way by my fellow travelers and we were rushing to our destination, I was lucky to get this. The other travelers were not photographers so there was not the consideration one usually finds from other photographers. It would have been nice to have "worked the scene" alas on a tour one has few options.   Posted: 04/02/2021 09:26:27

Gary Butler   Gary Butler
Vella, this post work is nicely done. For me, the work that you have done to lighten and bring out the color of the clay on the tea cup as well as the hands makes me feel as though I am right there watching the creation. The skin tones, to me, look realistic and the texture that you have brought out in the hands and wrist leaves me with the impression that this person has been doing this for many years. Yes, I also think you should enter this image.   Posted: 04/04/2021 14:51:40

Ian Chantler   Ian Chantler
Hi Vella
Its a must be entered from me, it fits every criteria of the comp and do not be surprised if you don't walk away with an award.
So sorry you were hustled and bustled where is peoples respect but so glad you managed to get this image .
Your framing is ideal you show the mans hands and the piece he is making nothing else nothing to distract, you have captured purely what needed to be captured you have told a story and illustrated a craft,this also fits the bill for photojournalism, fabulous image.   Posted: 04/15/2021 16:31:59

Vella Kendall   Vella Kendall
Merci mille fois. I am working on my second entry. We are only allowed 2. Competition starts in a few months and unfortunately I will not know the results until late fall but I feel I have a good start.   Posted: 04/15/2021 16:37:16


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