Jim Hagan  

Early farm tractor gears by Jim Hagan

April 2021 - Early farm tractor gears

April 2021 - Jim Hagan


About the Image(s)

I always enjoy looking at steam driven farm equipment. I saw an early steam powered tractor In Greenfield Village and was fascinated by all its gears. I photographed the tractor using a mirrorless camera and captured the image at 1/320, f/8, ISO 500 using a zoom lens at 76 mm. But I felt the image was rather ordinary. And a close up of just the gears was also ordinary as was a mono version. However, in my final image I used the mono version but retained all the red colored parts from the original photo.

7 comments posted

Mike Cowdrey   Mike Cowdrey
I like the close up image of the cogs and wheels, somewhat similar to some of my shapes in last month's contribution. The red and silver colours work well, and I love the oily effect on the cogs. One very minor point - perhaps you could tone down the shiny metallic part top right, since it is dragging my eye towards it rather than the main image. A great shot!   Posted: 04/03/2021 06:02:10
Jim Hagan   Jim Hagan
Mike, thanks for your suggestion. I had not noticed that bright area.   Posted: 04/03/2021 06:56:31

David Blass   David Blass
Jim, I think your choice to retain the red parts of the image was a good one. Your crop provides a sense of the complexity of the tractor and offers plenty to look at. Well done!   Posted: 04/07/2021 07:26:02

Robert Knight   Robert Knight
(Group 98)
I enjoy going to steam fairs and museums where old forms of transport are on display. Time marches on. A lot of the farm machinery that I worked when earning pocket money on farms in my schooldays are now in museums. I think your decision to restrict your image to part of the gears and surrounds is a good one and I particularly like the clarity and contrast in the colours. A very enjoyable image.   Posted: 04/08/2021 16:58:43

Mark Southard   Mark Southard
Very nice....like the tight composition. Maybe tone down a couple of hot spots on the engine.   Posted: 04/10/2021 16:11:59

Ian Ledgard   Ian Ledgard
Who can resit the opportunity to photograph traction engines. Magnificent pieces of machinery. Your choice of composition choosing to concentrate on just part of the machine means you have eliminated the disractionsin your original image. I quite like the bright silver of the boiler and would leave it be.   Posted: 04/11/2021 05:22:43

Andrew Hersom   Andrew Hersom
Great, I have nothing to add.   Posted: 04/18/2021 09:26:16


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