Judy Burr, APSA, MPSA  


Slovenia Blacksmith by Judy Burr, APSA, MPSA

November 2020 - Slovenia Blacksmith

About the Image(s)

I took this in Slovenia while on a tour; we visited an iron forging settlement. I used my EM5 and 14-150mm/4.0-5.6 kit lens at 20mm=40mm. ISO was 1000, aperture f 8 and SS 1/13 hand held. I processed it in Elements and NIK and opened the shadows and burned in some bright areas.


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9 comments posted




Karen Harris   Karen Harris
Nice photo. Blacksmiths are fun to watch. I don't think I would change anything.   Posted: 11/12/2020 12:31:17



Stephan Debelle   Stephan Debelle
Great scene, it really tells the story. I would not change the framing, just thought the image had a bit of noise due to the ISO and perhaps a little too bright. I lowered the exposure, increased the shadows, lowered the vibrance, worked the noise and made it a little sharper.   Posted: 11/12/2020 14:07:51
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Kathleen Townsend   Kathleen Townsend
Really brings out the subject .. good edit   Posted: 11/12/2020 16:12:52
Stephan Debelle   Stephan Debelle
Fun photo to work with, may be even more monotone while keeping the fire hot would work too I think.   Posted: 11/15/2020 22:51:13
Judy Burr   Judy Burr
Stephen, Thanks for your suggestions. I need to learn a lot more about processing, including sharpening--my eyesight doesn't help! I wanted a warn look because of the light. I lightened the shadows:-). I debated cropping the top, but it adds some interest.   Posted: 11/16/2020 15:53:14



Kathleen Townsend   Kathleen Townsend
My first impression was one of a nice warmth of tones and really enjoyed the textures and angles in the wood structure.
Black Smiths are in my family and it is quite an art.   Posted: 11/12/2020 16:16:10
Judy Burr   Judy Burr
Kathleen, It is fascinating to watch blacksmiths at work. It is amazing what can be done. I am glad there are still those who do the work for us to enjoy.   Posted: 11/16/2020 15:54:28



Bill Foy   Bill Foy
I like your composition, the colors are very good and it's very sharp. My only suggestion is to darken the bright spot above the blacksmith, which I assume is a light of some sort.

I like images of people at work and particularly those occupations that are hard to find anymore. I tried a quick monochrome conversion (just because) and it pushed everything into the background with the exception of the blacksmith, the pot and the fire.   Posted: 11/16/2020 14:24:57
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Judy Burr   Judy Burr
Bill, You know I love monochrome and will be sending my mono version to my mono group and then compare the comments. I almost always convert color images. I also love to see people at work.   Posted: 11/16/2020 15:55:59