Dr V G Mohanan Nair, APSA  

Silver Mining at Idaho by Dr V G Mohanan Nair, APSA

November 2019 - Silver Mining at Idaho

November 2019 - Dr V G Mohanan Nair, APSA


About the Image(s)

This was taken during the 2019 PSA conference tour to Sierra Silver Mine, Wallace, Idaho, Camera Canon EOS 7D, ISO 6400, Exposure 1/30 Sec, F/8, 35mm. I trimmed the a little from top and left side. Adjusted the exposure, levels and minor color corrections. Reduced the noise using photoshop. Minor cloning was used to cover the bright side on the top.

8 comments posted

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
Wow, I have a lot of reactions to this. First of all, the sheer drama of the shot you got. Excellent.
Then, I get a funny feeling from the finished image, like I am standing right there, and I am too close to a dangerous machine. So I prefer the spaciousness of your original, which show more of the mine context, as well as making me feel like I am not too close for safety. I particularly like the overhead floodlights in the original, explaining the situation.
Finally, a social comment. The miner is wearing ear protectors--no doubt his machine is very loud--but he does not wear a mask against the dust. This makes me think of all the recent news articles about mine safety violations.   Posted: 11/11/2019 12:31:05
Dr V G Mohanan Nair   Dr V G Mohanan Nair
It was a demonstration in an old mine which is not functional now.   Posted: 11/18/2019 00:48:42

Mark Southard   Mark Southard
(Groups 8 & 18)
A very strong image with great impact ! Might consider cloning out the white object as it doesnt add much and is a bit of a distraction.   Posted: 11/11/2019 20:07:20
Dr V G Mohanan Nair   Dr V G Mohanan Nair
Thank you. Will try it.   Posted: 11/18/2019 00:49:26

Terry Campanella   Terry Campanella
This is a WONDERFUL image! It tells a very dramatic story. I think you are spot on in your editing. I like the blue cast of the image. I may have cropped it a bit less on the left side to allow for matting. I might have also toned down the bright spot on the mine wall so that it does not distract from the miner himself. This image will make a great addition to your portfolio. Thanks for sharing!   Posted: 11/16/2019 13:44:52
Dr V G Mohanan Nair   Dr V G Mohanan Nair
The bright spot is the light falling on the wall from the miner's headlight.   Posted: 11/18/2019 00:51:00

Bunny Laden   Bunny Laden
What a dramatic image! I get the feeling I am in the mine. Why isn't that man wearing a mask! I like the color corrections you did, as I think it makes the miner and his blue rag pop. The blue items nicely balance the composition as do the angled supports. Removing the lights helps to focus my attenion on the miner. There is, however, a bit of hanging wire (?) just over the miner that you might consider removing as it is a distraction.

I did wonder if you were too close to the action for safety, but I think that adds to the drama. Great job!   Posted: 11/17/2019 14:19:48
Dr V G Mohanan Nair   Dr V G Mohanan Nair
This is not actual mining, they were given a demonstration inside an old mine. Hence the minor did not wear the mask. There were about 20 persons near him. The sound was too high.   Posted: 11/18/2019 00:46:43


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