Don York  

Big Gears by Don York

June 2021 - Big Gears

About the Image(s)

"Big Gears" was taken in Jerome Arizona, in an old mining site. It was taken with a Sony Alpha 700 at 1/1125, f 25, ISO 2000.

5 comments posted

Jerry Snyder   Jerry Snyder
The two gears and the connecting crankshaft are captivating to me. I also like the contrast of the background hills, the wooden shack, and the machinery. I think they tell the story of a mining operation.   Posted: 06/05/2021 08:49:12

Jerry Funk   Jerry Funk
I like your picture, but I pthink the story would be better told if the right half was cropped off. I find the bright object distracting and the partial second gear is left not contributing to it. I would also suggest brightening the vertical support on the left.   Posted: 06/08/2021 16:50:07

Stuart Ord   Stuart Ord
I find this an unusual and interesting photo. I'm trying to understand the texture. At first I thought that the histogram must be a sort of bath-tub shape, but a screen shot pasted into Affinity doesn't show this. It's reminiscent of many years ago when I was using wet processes to push HP5 to silly isos. (Say 3200! How things have changed).
I'd remove that curved intrusion on the left edge.
The post in the middle (if that's what it is) dominates the picture for me, whereas I think the real interest is in the gears, but I guess it was hard to avoid.
  Posted: 06/10/2021 14:24:55

Helen Sweet   Helen Sweet
The gears do look large, and shot from below, majestic. I would darken the bright post on the right, not crop it, b/c I like the old building, which I feel adds to the story. I would clone out the bright, modern bits on the left. I don't understand why the sky is dark, then light behind the gear, then dark again. Was it accessible to photograph from the other side minus the phallic symbol?   Posted: 06/16/2021 23:30:53

John Roach   John Roach
I like the subject choice, focus, composition, depth of field and tonality. I agree with Helen about some inconsistencies of tone in the sky behind the gears. I love the perspective and the story it tells.
A slight vignette might alleviate any frame edge distractions. Although, I wasn't distracted by what others saw.   Posted: 06/17/2021 11:03:21


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