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I keep referring to my industrial photography past, so I thought I would put some in for comment. This is a stand in a wire rod mill rolling 4 steel bars at once. The main output of this mill is tyre cord steel in 5mm, two tonne coils. High value stuff. About 1400 a tonne. That's why tyres cost so much. Very strong yet pliable. Then cold drawn at customers works to 0.12mm diameter for cars, 0.18 for lorries and buses.

Canon EOS 300D with 28/135 mm IS lens on tripod. 1/60 @ f5.6. ISO400. Care needed due to airborne dust and foreign bodies. One of the main problems that even the walkways vibrate. I was about 3 metres up on a steel grid walkway for this shot at the full 135mm. Quite a few show movement due to vibration. The buildings are designed to move slightly otherwise they would soon suffer fatigue fracture of columns.

Paul

Camera:Canon EOS 300D
Lens:28/135 IS USM
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Rolling wire rod.
Username:paulbroad paulbroad
Uploaded:3 Feb 2013 - 9:48 AM
Tags:Camera, Clean., Danger, General, Heat, Mill, Roll, Water
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alistairfarrugia
alistairfarrugia Critique Team 2164 forum posts Malta88 Constructive Critique Points
3 Feb 2013 - 9:52 AM

An interesting shot Paul, and the colours here really put you in the midst of the process. You can almost feel the heat here!

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debu
debu  4 India
3 Feb 2013 - 9:52 AM

Superbly captured.
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NDODS e2 Member 43242 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom103 Constructive Critique Points
3 Feb 2013 - 9:56 AM

A wonderfully interesting insight into this steel making process.
Regards Nathan Grin

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HuddersfieldHil e2 Member 1HuddersfieldHil vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
3 Feb 2013 - 10:14 AM

Great shot Paul - it has super colours and texturesSmile

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NDODS e2 Member 43242 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom103 Constructive Critique Points
3 Feb 2013 - 10:23 AM

Just uploaded a little mod Paul, nothing drastic as for me the image worked well. I simply softened the rather harsh shapes and forms of the machinery and the steam, thus creating a rather more appealing image. Hope you like the result mate.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin

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paulbroad
paulbroad  781 forum posts United Kingdom854 Constructive Critique Points
3 Feb 2013 - 1:06 PM

Interesting mod, Nathan. It is pictorially better, focusing the attention on the hot rod. Technically, the image needs to be as sharp as possible for industrial use, but as a pictorial image, you have improved things.

Paul

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CLARECUM  2 Australia
3 Feb 2013 - 1:53 PM

Very interesting subject Paul,different.GrinGrinGrin

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iancrowson
iancrowson e2 Member 4211 forum postsiancrowson vcard United Kingdom129 Constructive Critique Points
3 Feb 2013 - 2:37 PM

Fascinating insight in what for me is an alien world. Looks like a hot and potentially dangerous place. Is that heat or steam shown by the mist?
These are very interesting images to the likes of me, totally different
Ian

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paulbroad
paulbroad  781 forum posts United Kingdom854 Constructive Critique Points
3 Feb 2013 - 3:12 PM

Both, Ian. It is not safe to approach high speed rolling closely. I was about 30 metres away here. The rod is at about 1100 degrees centigrade at this point and actually gets hotter to to heat generated by deformation. The water is there to cool the rolls. If they suffer thermal cycling, hot, cold, hot, cold, as steel passes through, then stops, they would shatter.

Operates under VERY strict rules. Believe me!

Paul

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banehawi Critique Team 10868 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2869 Constructive Critique Points
3 Feb 2013 - 3:36 PM

Ive worked in area like this many years ago, - this one brings back a unique smell you find here. The colours are really nice.


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Mike43
Mike43 e2 Member 3Mike43 vcard England15 Constructive Critique Points
4 Feb 2013 - 9:01 AM

In my younger days I worked at Workington Steel Plant, and your picture brings back those terrifying days when I had to go and collect tests from the Rolling Mill. So great photo when you consider the conditions, mind you I do think Nathan Mod is more pleasing to the eye.
Mike.

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paulbroad
paulbroad  781 forum posts United Kingdom854 Constructive Critique Points
4 Feb 2013 - 5:27 PM

Visited Workington just before it closed. A pity. The mill facilities there were well out of date though and replacement cost would be prohibitive.

Paul

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xwang
xwang  531 forum posts7 Constructive Critique Points
5 Feb 2013 - 11:48 AM

Wow.. It's a scary place... only for blokes... Brave blokes... Grin
You are good at this, Paul. I remember one of these of yours before... the colour is really beautiful. Apart from the metal bars, what are the things behind,please? There are some steam, I wonder what is the vertical one pouring down to the ground. I noticed that you didn't use the "Milky" shutter speed, it is nice to have the contrast of the smooth bars and the sparking vertical.. (I don't know what it is...) They are certainly rare images and interesting to look at..What the temperature of the steel Bar? Is it perfectly safe for the sensor and eyes when you take the photo?
BTW, thank you for the helpful critique on the lamp.
Jas.

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paulbroad
paulbroad  781 forum posts United Kingdom854 Constructive Critique Points
5 Feb 2013 - 8:25 PM

Have a look back a few comments, Jas. Some questions answered there. Not actually as dangerous as it looks. Once was and serious injury and even death was not uncommon. I ws involved to some degree in dealing with accidents and, hopefully, preventing them. The safety features now involved are so complex and the rules so stringent that it can be difficult to do the job.

This is only dangerous if you get too close and, as with many industrial processes, is only dangerous if things go wrong. Noise, dirt, moisture etc. are all difficult to deal with as a photographer and I had to clean my gear after every on plant session.

Paul

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xwang  531 forum posts7 Constructive Critique Points
7 Feb 2013 - 9:41 AM

Thank you very much, Paul. Glad to know something that it would never occur to me in my life. But it's all about photography,and some kind of special knowledge..Smile

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