Andrew Hersom, PPSA  

Oil Man by Andrew Hersom, PPSA

August 2020 - Oil Man

August 2020 - Andrew Hersom, PPSA


About the Image(s)

This was shot at a stop during the Dresden Steam Festival at Nossen in 2019. Good venue as one can get close to the subjects. A straight shot 1/160th at f6.3 ISO 1000 (it was a dull day) with just slight darkening of the locomotive. Bystanders were cropped out. I am wondering about cropping off some of the right hand side. It might do well in black and white too. What do you think?

6 comments posted

Henry Roberts   Henry Roberts
This is a nice sharp image showing the hugeness of the engine and the intentness of the young engineer doing his work. The different spots of red provide some interesting contrasts to the predominantly dark tones.

As to cropping on the right hand side, I think the image is fine as it is. Black and white might become to dark.

Nice capture of the Dresden Steam Festival!   Posted: 08/09/2020 09:05:35

Anne Nettles   Anne Nettles
Very interesting photograph. I love old trains. I think you made a good choice cropping out the man on the left. I think it may work well in B & Wh. Converting to black and white may add a bit more of the nostalgia feel. By changing it to black and white you may find the red and yellow on bottom right side less distracting. If you do change to black and white you may not feel like cropping the right hand side. I like that my eye flow travels around the composition as there is a lot to look at. Great subject matter. The center of focus is placed nicely on the left third.   Posted: 08/09/2020 13:38:28

Alison McMahan   Alison McMahan
Beautiful image! Makes me think of Charlie Chaplin's iconic sequence where he is a workman working with these huge machines.
I think the crop works. definitely want the bystander gone!
I think it works in color. The gray and the red are too similar in tone-IMHO they would not work in B&W. But you can always try it and see for yourself.   Posted: 08/09/2020 15:46:38
Alison McMahan   Alison McMahan
I found myself studying your image again. It is also very rich in different textures. And I like the way the gold hue of his oil pump "links" to the yellow of the valve in the lower right. That shows your cropping is the right one.   Posted: 08/11/2020 08:53:55

Catherine Honigsberg   Catherine Honigsberg
I like the balance of the red and gold on the right side. The color pops are really nice with the grunge....
  Posted: 08/10/2020 13:22:34

Jamie Carrier   Jamie Carrier
The lines, colors and textures really make this an interesting image. I like color rather than B and W. I agree, it could get too dark. I'm glad you cropped the man on the left. I wonder what the man is working on? Very nice!!!!!!   Posted: 08/12/2020 07:49:41


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