Tom Pickering  


Close Shave by Tom Pickering

May 2020 - Close Shave

May 2020 - Tom Pickering

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Specs: Nikon D3000, Sigma 18-200mm, F5.6, 1/100s, ISO 200, Monopod, Natural Light

Captured in the workshop of a farm. I thought it showed the tool (a plane), what it was being used on (wood), and the by-products (shavings). Processed in ACR to make basic tonal adjustments, and then in Photoshop to crop, apply more contrast, and sharpen. Suggestions?


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16 comments posted

Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
(Groups 36 & 67 & 89)
As an life long woodworker, this speaks to my soul. Are the shavings of your making?   Posted: 05/07/2020 17:25:18
Tom Pickering   Tom Pickering
No, they were there from someone just trying it out. d:¬{D   Posted: 05/07/2020 18:26:42

Rusty Pinckney   Rusty Pinckney
Love the shape of the shavings as the product of the tool. I would like to have seen more of the tool as someone who is unfamiliar with wood working. Well done with sharp shavings in the foreground with blurring in the background.   Posted: 05/17/2020 02:05:33
Tom Pickering   Tom Pickering
A plane of the word-working variety has a chisel-like blade on its underside that shaves off a thin slice of the wood as it is pushed along.

To me, the shavings were the important part of the image because they are close to translucent and like hair.   Posted: 05/18/2020 15:14:24
Rusty Pinckney   Rusty Pinckney
The almost translucent shavings made the image special. Dan's second attempt works. Good to see the first for contrast.   Posted: 05/18/2020 21:36:45

Arabella Dane   Arabella Dane
I'm enjoying the composition - especially on the left side. The details on the right take my eye away from them. Agree that it would be nice to see more of the tool too..   Posted: 05/18/2020 16:02:55

Dan DeVries   Dan DeVries
Hi Tom - Great photo! There is a photographer named Tadd Myers who does a lot of similar work. http://www.americancraftsmanproject.com/ I like his stuff.

I think you can darken some of the yellows and give it more of an old-fashioned, rich look. (See the work that Tadd does - He's got a technique that I haven't figured out.)
I would change the color of the green screw. I find it distracting.
I like the gradient on the right - but would darken it a bit. I might darken the area above the tool (where the green screw is) to keep my eye flowing from lower left to upper right. Maybe even add some grain.   Posted: 05/18/2020 16:35:14
Tom Pickering   Tom Pickering
I'll check Tadd out, for sure. How about demonstrating your suggestions for us? d;¬{D   Posted: 05/18/2020 17:25:22
Dan DeVries   Dan DeVries
I feel like I butchered it. :(
  Posted: 05/18/2020 18:09:34
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Tom Pickering   Tom Pickering
Hmmm . . . It did introduce a lot of noise, especially in the upper right and I found the darkening along the bottom too heavy. What do others think?   Posted: 05/18/2020 18:19:44
Dan DeVries   Dan DeVries
I added grain - which now looks like noise. (I was a bit heavy handed with it.)
  Posted: 05/18/2020 18:28:56
Dan DeVries   Dan DeVries
Grain free.   Posted: 05/18/2020 18:31:55
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Rusty Pinckney   Rusty Pinckney
Dan, please see my comment in Tom's image.   Posted: 05/18/2020 21:38:11
Tom Pickering   Tom Pickering
Without the grain, it looks much better - finishes it nicely.   Posted: 05/18/2020 23:31:36

Brenda Frezeman   Brenda Frezeman
Having recently started woodturning, this photo really caught my attention. I like the composition and the shavings are wonderful. I agree with Dan about darkening the yellows and the gradient. I'll also have to check out Tadd's work.   Posted: 05/18/2020 17:22:00

Arabella Dane   Arabella Dane
Please do some more of these studies. The potential is unlimited... you are onto something! I tried to decide which was your primary focal point as there are so many centers of interest in this view and then began musing about which details i found to bethe most compelling.For me it would be the textural contrasts and the light..on the wood shavings... it would make such a nice painting. So i played with it in my phone apps.   Posted: 05/23/2020 06:55:13
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