Karen Davis  

Engineer from Yesteryear by Karen Davis

November 2021 - Engineer from Yesteryear

November 2021 - Karen Davis


About the Image(s)

Camera: Canon EOS 6D
Lens: EF 24-105
Exposure: 1/40 sec @ f/8.0

I attended the Autumn Festival at our local Rassawek Vineyard where there were several "Antique Machinery Demonstrations". I was fascinated by this gentleman who ran the antique steam engine - and by the many overlapping circles in the machinery that added a nostalgic feel to this image. I included the original shot since I did quite a bit of work on this one.

This round’s discussion is now closed!
11 comments posted

Tom Brassil   Tom Brassil
Hi Karen

Will captured and processed image I like your very tight crop and portrait formatting for this image, to me it provides enough detail and depiction of the event without any unnecessary detail. You have handled the darks extremely well and bought out all the details necessary on the machinery showing the flywheel the various cogs and the drive wheels themselves. The processing of the gentleman works very well particularly your capture of the light on his face directly. Your removal of the background detail behind the wheel works well the only comment I would have is perhaps bringing down the luminous level of the sky, just a small amount may further enhance the view of the driver. Altogether well captured and processed image thanks for sharing
  Posted: 11/07/2021 17:00:06
Karen Davis   Karen Davis
Hi Tom,

Thanks for your kind comments. I see what you mean about the sky. I will see if I can tone that down a bit.

Karen   Posted: 11/15/2021 20:06:29

Gregory Waldron   Gregory Waldron
Hi Karen,
A very nice image and you handled it well in post processing. I think covered all the positives and I don't have anything to add.
Best regards,
Greg   Posted: 11/11/2021 18:43:31
Karen Davis   Karen Davis
Thanks Gregory,

I appreciate your viewing my image and seconding Tom's comments.

Karen   Posted: 11/15/2021 20:08:04

Syed Shakhawat Kamal   Syed Shakhawat Kamal
Hi Karen,
An well captured and well processed image. The crops been a bit tight but you have kept the subject prominent in the frame, keeping the details of the machineries intact. Your post processing really did justice to your well thought caption. I like the way you brought him from the composition and convinced me his role with the machine.
Nicely done and thanks for sharing,
Kamal.   Posted: 11/12/2021 09:33:28
Karen Davis   Karen Davis
Hello Kamal,

Thank you for mentioning the title - I sometimes spend almost as much time creating a title as I do post-processing the image! I'll revisit that crop and try some other options. Thanks for the compliments!

Karen   Posted: 11/15/2021 20:10:31

Ingrid Lockhart   Ingrid Lockhart
Hi Karen. I like the way you've framed the subject and the repetition of the wheel circles and spokes is very interesting. You were able to successfully bring out detail in the shadows, without distracting noise. I think the composition works well with the way you have cropped it, and leaving out the sky at the top was the right decision, in my opinion. I agree with Tom, that reducing the luminosity of the sky slightly may benefit the image, but overall I think that it is well done and successful. Thanks.   Posted: 11/15/2021 16:35:16
Karen Davis   Karen Davis
Hello Ingrid,

Thank you for noticing those wheel circles. One of the photographers who frequently evaluates for our camera club is really into "circles", so he has made me even more aware of them as I plan my photos. I've also worked on bringing out the shadows in my photos, so thanks for the compliment. I will do a bit more work on that sky!

Thanks for sharing your insights!
Karen   Posted: 11/15/2021 20:26:11

Darcy Johnson   Darcy Johnson
Hi Karen - I like the angle of the shot which allows the viewer to focus on the repetitive circular patterns created by the machinery following through to the steering wheel which seems most in focus. Your post processing illuminated the engineer's face, making it a focal point as well. I particularly like your choices in cleaning up the image by removing background distractions and tightening into the image. The subject matter is appropriate to the story being told and it all comes together nicely.   Posted: 11/15/2021 19:07:08
Karen Davis   Karen Davis
Hello Darcy,

Interesting observation about the angle of the shot. I tried several different ones and this one seemed best to me. I wanted to be shooting up to emphasize the size of this antique machine, but crouching too low just didn't look right.

I've become a bit obsessive about background clutter! When I'm staging a shot, I run around like crazy moving things, but when I'm not in control of the shoot or the subject, I spend a LOT of time in Photoshop - LOL!

Thanks for for comments!
Karen   Posted: 11/15/2021 20:31:01

Xiao Cai   Xiao Cai
Hi Karen, very interesting subject! I think this image is not good for the portrait because the big antique steam engine overpowers the gentleman, and also the string over the gentleman is very distracting, so I think if this image focus on what this man is doing it will be more interesting and powerful. it is just my opinion. Thanks for sharing.   Posted: 11/17/2021 10:08:41