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Oil Coated Gears by Tom McCreary, APSA, MPSA

October 2021 - Oil Coated Gears

October 2021 - Tom McCreary, APSA, MPSA


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Oil Coated Gears

Taken at an antique tractor display at the region fair here in town. This was an antique gasoline engine. I really liked the gears, and the heavy oil coating from use. It was taken with an Olympus E-M5 Mark III camera and Olympus 12-45mm Pro lens at 35mm, 1/10th second, f8 and ISO 400 hand held. I used NIK Silver Effects Pro and soft structure to convert to mono.

7 comments posted

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
I like everything about this. It looks much better in mono, as we have all often noted.
I tried a closer crop, but just submit it for discussion--I am not sure about it.   Posted: 10/01/2021 22:42:16
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Tom McCreary   Tom McCreary
Thanks for the suggestion. I like it, as it gets rid of the bolt and the cotter pin and makes the gears more of a center of interest. Again, the group finds things that I missed.   Posted: 10/02/2021 12:37:50
Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
Yes, I specifically wanted to get rid of the cotter pin (and the bolt head below it). I thought they drew attention away from the two gears meshing.   Posted: 10/09/2021 15:50:30

Wes Odell   Wes Odell
As some say: "Less is more" or "Less is better"
I like the tight crop better.
The detail and texture are very nice.
Nice overall.
  Posted: 10/03/2021 16:41:11

Lynne Hollingsworth   Lynne Hollingsworth
The overall image is very good; there's a lot of detail, yet the oil from use over the years provides a smooth feel. The tight crop looks good. Really nice.   Posted: 10/12/2021 06:16:03

Diana Magor   Diana Magor
I agree. The clarity is lovely and it looks like metal. I would have been taking these gears too. Whether it will get anywhere in comps is another matter.   Posted: 10/12/2021 07:05:20
Tom McCreary   Tom McCreary
The only place that I am entering is a camera club.   Posted: 10/14/2021 13:52:22


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