Chuck Carstensen  

Hammer by Chuck Carstensen

April 2021 - Hammer

April 2021 - Chuck Carstensen


About the Image(s)

Originally created for submission to the PSA 365 Gallery assignment: Hammer. Shot with a Fujifilm XPro2 and a 23mm lens. ISO 800, 1/40. f/2, -.3EV, hand held. There are 2 lights, both small LED’s from Harbor Freight. The idea is like in Big Rig Trucking you put the hammer down to go faster. Converted to monochrome in Luminar AI. I feel the color version is too distracting with dirt and normal wear. Comments and discussion appreciated.

7 comments posted

Michael Hrankowski   Michael Hrankowski
Chuck, what a great image! Someone (you!?) staying up late to get some work done but just couldn't keep your eyes open any more. You've really captured the mood!   Posted: 04/03/2021 11:39:00
Chuck Carstensen   Chuck Carstensen
Thanks much, Michael. It was fun making this early dark thirty.   Posted: 04/03/2021 15:27:07

Michael Hrankowski   Michael Hrankowski
Okay, Chuck.... confused again. The image I commented on above is not the "Hammer" image that's up now. So I'll comment again: First of all, thanks for explaining the term "hammer". There was a disconnect. I really am a fan of this type of close up image that shows an interesting part or piece of something much bigger (i.e., the whole truck). I agree that the monochrome image works better. Your f/2 got the "hammer" perfectly in focus while blurring out the brake pedal. Thanks also for talking about your lighting. Expertly done - I would've thought it was natural lighting. Any chance you could specify which LED lights from the HF catalog?   Posted: 04/04/2021 11:28:39
Chuck Carstensen   Chuck Carstensen
Hi Michael, One light was this light switch like thing.

The other one is brighter and Harbor Freight does not show it on line. I got it from a sale table near the checkout.

I must have submitted two different images by mistake. My bad.   Posted: 04/13/2021 18:37:22

Lorna Zaback   Lorna Zaback
Chuck, I agree that the BW version works much better here - the shapes, the detailed textures and the shadow are all much stronger. An interesting still life, in a sense. Thank you for reminding us that compelling images emerge in unexpected places.   Posted: 04/13/2021 16:04:53

Jeffrey Klug   Jeffrey Klug
I would agree the Monochrome version works better. The lighting and detail are fine. I understand what you are trying to say from your explanation, and if it works for an assignment that is great. Otherwise, the image does not do anything for me. I would darken the brake pedal since my eye goes to that first since it is the lightest part of the image. I would also vignette the image to highlight the Hammer.   Posted: 04/19/2021 13:12:20
Chuck Carstensen   Chuck Carstensen
Jeffrey, agree with you that it is not intended to be a prize winner with emotion or sympathy. It is vignetted to the max that I thought appropriate.
  Posted: 04/19/2021 15:53:59


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