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Nothing goes to waste in Burma. This is a blacksmith's work hut on Lake Inle and they are hammering out a knife blade from a car's rear-axle leaf spring. There is no shortage of labour in Burma. Here, one man holds the metal and plunges it into the forge, three more synchronising their hammering, and another sitting above the forge operating the bellows.

The colour 'popping' maybe cliched but it seemed to work here by emphasizing the focus of their activity. v2 is the purist mono.

Dave

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 7D
Lens:EF70-200mm f/4L IS USM
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:3 Dec 2012 - 2:35 PM
Focal Length:75mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.0
Aperture:f/4.0
Shutter Speed:1/60sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:400
Exposure Mode:Program AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:On, Fired
White Balance:Auto
Title:The Blacksmiths' Arms
Username:WhiteRose1 WhiteRose1
Uploaded:2 Jan 2013 - 7:34 AM
Tags:Black & white, Blacksmiths, Burma, Landscape / travel, Photo journalism
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marktc
marktc e2 Member 346 forum postsmarktc vcard United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jan 2013 - 7:45 AM

Both versions work brilliantly but I think the colour popping in v1 makes it that extra bit special. Very subtle but it hammers the point home (groan!).

Very well worked Dave a great image.

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barbarahirst
barbarahirst e2 Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jan 2013 - 7:51 AM

I am going to be boring here and be a purist...Wink
think that red is just tooo red
the moving hammer is what its all about for me tho' the expressions are also wonderful

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Hermanus
Hermanus  2 South Africa
2 Jan 2013 - 7:51 AM

Great photos and narrative Dave ! I also like the colour in V1 - it is subtle and not overdone - very artistic Smile

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andylea
andylea  537 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jan 2013 - 7:56 AM

cracking work dave v1 just nicks it for me today a stunner nice one Wink
andy

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abeeror2
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2 Jan 2013 - 8:08 AM

Wow thats brilliant, love the movement in the hammer. What a fantasic capture! regards Kathryn

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LynneJoyce
LynneJoyce e2 Member 6LynneJoyce vcard United Kingdom97 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jan 2013 - 8:28 AM

V1 for me - fantastic use of selective colour with great movement on that hammer, an amazing shot.

Last Modified By LynneJoyce at 2 Jan 2013 - 8:29 AM

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Rogerex
Rogerex  829 forum posts Australia12 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jan 2013 - 8:39 AM

An excellent capture. I like the motion of the hammer, and the shade of red looks just right to me as steel goes through a variety of shades when it cools. I like the pose of the guy doing the holding too.
Roger

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l1z
l1z  1 United Kingdom
2 Jan 2013 - 8:47 AM

great photos, both are very good but for me V1 Smile

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canonfan
canonfan  4 United Kingdom
2 Jan 2013 - 8:51 AM

Superb image Dave. The motion blur of the hammer has been well captured. What really stands out for me is the colour popping in V1
Jim

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netta1234
netta1234 e2 Member 2153 forum postsnetta1234 vcard Wales1 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jan 2013 - 9:00 AM

A great set of mono images.Smile
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Tibetan
Tibetan  2 England
2 Jan 2013 - 9:16 AM

I think V1. works very well Dave, me not being a purest but! then again I like V2. as well, the most important thing from my point of view, is not colour pop or not, But the fact you have captured the movement of the hammer perfectly, now that is a dam good shot, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

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2 Jan 2013 - 9:17 AM

Excellent Dave,
Fred.

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2 Jan 2013 - 9:23 AM

Good connection Wink Dave, intense image.
Ron.

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jan 2013 - 9:23 AM

A great capture, Dave, and the colour popping works so well, an excellent presentation. Carol

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Gerryrys
Gerryrys  2 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jan 2013 - 9:24 AM

Version 2 for me Dave. The tones are perfect and the motion of the hammer makes the image a bit special. Perhaps I am a bit old fashioned but I find the colour popping a bit over the top for what is already a superb image.

Happy New Year.

Gerry

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7394 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom970 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jan 2013 - 9:31 AM

V2 for me (though mousing over is fun...) As Barbs says, this is about the moving hammer, it's the contrast of the motion blur and the calm concentration in that man's face. The colour is fun but a bit of a distraction.
Moira

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woolybill1
woolybill1 e2 Member 7woolybill1 vcard United Kingdom65 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jan 2013 - 9:43 AM

Making do and mending: it used to be popular in the U.K. before the throwaway society took a hold.
Blacksmithing is endlessly fascinating. The concentration in those taut muscles speaks volumes.
An excellent study, the close crop and the mono are perfect.
Mind you, it's V2 for me: I'm having a year of being a purist . . .
Regards
Bill

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RazvanD
RazvanD  4 United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jan 2013 - 9:43 AM

Great, i like the fact that you caught the movement of the hammer well.
V1 for me because of the red hot metal.

Razvan

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Herge88
Herge88 e2 Member 739 forum postsHerge88 vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jan 2013 - 9:56 AM

Love the title and the selective colour, also the movement just rounds off a fabulous image for me, well done.

Best Matt

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Deep_Bhatia
2 Jan 2013 - 10:03 AM

V1 is wonderful. Red horn iron depicts it nicely. Deep

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leontari
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2 Jan 2013 - 10:13 AM

Two brilliant photos Dave. I do like the motion of the hammer. V2 for me
Effrossini

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NDODS
NDODS e2 Member 32911 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom99 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jan 2013 - 10:40 AM

"All great photographs are forged from a great mind"

Regards Nathan

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hasslebladuk
hasslebladuk e2 Member 4hasslebladuk vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jan 2013 - 10:46 AM

Powerfull shots
mike

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 4139 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland110 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jan 2013 - 10:52 AM

The colour popping works very well for me, Dave: a great shot with interesting explanative narrative into one aspect of life here.
Recycling at it's very best perhaps.......needs must I suppose.
Ronnie.

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DicksPics
DicksPics e2 Member 3DicksPics vcard United Kingdom8 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jan 2013 - 11:10 AM

That's what you call 'Team Work'!
Version 1 is the one for me - like the workers(hopefully), your focus is on the red hot part of the steel!

Richard

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lonely_oryx
lonely_oryx e2 Member 661 forum postslonely_oryx vcard England54 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jan 2013 - 11:19 AM

Fascinating shot. I believe these two also do vasectomies.

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alistairfarrugia
alistairfarrugia Critique Team 1164 forum posts Malta88 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jan 2013 - 11:20 AM

V1, not just for the colour-popping but for the slightly more detailed shadows, for instance, the man's shorts. Was the hammer closest to the axle going down or up at the moment of capture? If it was going down, the motion blur says otherwise and that's likely the result of a first/front curtain flash. A rear-curtain would have probably resulted in a nicer looking motion blur.

Still the blurring adds movement and it's a nice addition. The picture would have also been just as nice without the two other hammers on the left hand side showing at the very edge of the frame.

Regardless of my nit-picking though, I am proud to give my vote to this picture as well, and taking the vote count past the Readers' Choice mark of 30. Well deserved!

(In the meantime, I realised I was the 31st to vote hehe...)

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Cliff1944
Cliff1944 e2 Member 2Cliff1944 vcard Scotland2 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jan 2013 - 11:43 AM

The colour in V1 is quite subtle and works well for me - but both versions are very good. interesting commentary too.
Cliff

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Irishkate
Irishkate e2 Member 3Irishkate vcard United Kingdom73 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jan 2013 - 11:44 AM

Fantastic image Dave and perfect use of colour popping.
I'd say that colour was true.
Some interesting comments! I believe these two also do vasectomies. OUCH!
First class Dave.
KateGrinGrinGrin

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AnnChown
AnnChown e2 Member 4183 forum postsAnnChown vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jan 2013 - 11:49 AM

The colour popping really works for me Dave, so v1 gets my vote. Excellent blurring and great composition. Love it!
Ann

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digital_boi
2 Jan 2013 - 12:01 PM

movement and concentration make this one Dave V2 for me

GrahamGrinGrinGrin

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Rende
Rende e2 Member 737 forum postsRende vcard Netherlands4 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jan 2013 - 12:26 PM

Very effective use of selective colouring Dave! I also like the movement of the hammer.
Rende

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maggietear
2 Jan 2013 - 12:35 PM

Great image, not posed which is even better! I love the beads of sweat, a great moment caught, Dave
Maggie

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morpheus1955
morpheus1955 e2 Member 7morpheus1955 vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jan 2013 - 12:45 PM

Superb image Dave, for me it has to be V1

Hugh

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taggart
taggart e2 Member 942 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jan 2013 - 12:48 PM

The story here is co-operation!

working together

We all could learn something from this wonderful image

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WesternRed e2 Member 3WesternRed vcard Australia
2 Jan 2013 - 1:55 PM

Dave would you believe I compose and crop with the camera. But I would never teach this way.
So I would have had two heads in. Not too good for your tag Photo Journalism either.
WesternRed.

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nonur
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2 Jan 2013 - 2:30 PM

One of the most appropriate uses of colour popping, Dave. I love it!

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prabhusinha
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2 Jan 2013 - 2:33 PM

Wonderful idea.

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AnneWorner
AnneWorner e2 Member 6605 forum postsAnneWorner vcard United States41 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jan 2013 - 2:38 PM

Definitely v2 for me. For some reason, the selective red colouring takes away from the motion of the hammer, which I think is more important here.

Anne

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rayme330
rayme330 e2 Member 2rayme330 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jan 2013 - 4:05 PM

The selective colouring works for me, Dave cracking shot.

Ray

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CaroleS
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2 Jan 2013 - 4:06 PM

V1 is very effective, the composition is very good too with the movement of the hammer.
Carole

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SlowSong
SlowSong e2 Member 54226 forum postsSlowSong vcard England28 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jan 2013 - 4:33 PM

I think we need the bit of red in this image as it's not clear what it's supposed to be in the totally mono version. Very interesting subject.
x

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Growmore
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2 Jan 2013 - 4:54 PM

Well i for one like your colour popping and that hammer movement is brilliant Dave.
Gary

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TrevBatWCC
TrevBatWCC e2 Member 6TrevBatWCC vcard England8 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jan 2013 - 5:12 PM

A fine candid capture, Dave....definitely V1 for me! Wink
Trev Smile

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aniamoore
aniamoore  2 United Kingdom
2 Jan 2013 - 5:56 PM

Make hay while the sun shines!SmileTongue Like it, Dave!Smile
AniaWink

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franken
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2 Jan 2013 - 6:17 PM

Both work for me Dave.

Ken

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fazzer
fazzer e2 Member 528 forum postsfazzer vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jan 2013 - 7:35 PM

great choice of shutter speed and love seeing the make shift anvil
regards
jeremy

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ChristineD
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2 Jan 2013 - 9:29 PM

Both versions work well ,prefer v1 with the touch of colour,

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pdcche
pdcche  3 United Kingdom
2 Jan 2013 - 9:50 PM

Great detail and captured movement from the sledge hammer Dave, Peter..

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HELANA
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2 Jan 2013 - 10:08 PM

Both images work very well Dave, but that touch of colour make V1 extra special for me.
ElenaSmile

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2 Jan 2013 - 10:16 PM

Glad to make this excellent shot 70 Dave..Lin

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JimV e2 Member 8JimV vcard Canada3 Constructive Critique Points
3 Jan 2013 - 1:08 AM

Many interesting comments Dave, I think Alistair makes a good point and explains it well, after much thought I'm going with V2!
Rgds., Jim

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3 Jan 2013 - 9:44 AM

Grand work Lad.

Rock

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Humblebee
Humblebee  2 England
3 Jan 2013 - 1:48 PM

Another 1st class image Dave, and I enjoyed your write up. V1 takes my vote hands down, the colour pop works well in drawing your attention to the point of their co-operation ... Carol Grin

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derekhansen
derekhansen e2 Member 5180 forum postsderekhansen vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
3 Jan 2013 - 2:15 PM

Superb Dave. The toning is very nice indeed and I love the sense of movement in the hammers. I am not always keen on colour popped images but this is an exception. No hesitation in awarding my UA
Derek

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Trev_B
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3 Jan 2013 - 3:10 PM

The colour popping works really well along with the motion in the hammers... happy New Year Dave,

Trev

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Bob_V
Bob_V  6 United States2 Constructive Critique Points
3 Jan 2013 - 3:24 PM

Like the bit of color and movement in V1 Dave, some superb work.
Bob

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almiles
almiles  438 forum posts United Kingdom94 Constructive Critique Points
3 Jan 2013 - 4:33 PM

Like many others, I love the colour popping and the streaking on the hammer is excellent providing lots of extra energy and movement to what is already a dramatic close up image.

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xwang
xwang  531 forum posts7 Constructive Critique Points
3 Jan 2013 - 4:41 PM

Great work, Dave. What I like most is the movement of the hammer... I wonder if you have more shots to show the movement...

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3 Jan 2013 - 7:52 PM

Great movement and colour popping.

Regards.

gavin

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helenlinda
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4 Jan 2013 - 7:43 AM

That tiny bit of red certainly works to focus attention - so v1 gets my vote today SmileSmile
Helen

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PaulLiley
PaulLiley  5 United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jan 2013 - 8:03 AM

Wow thats really really good Dave. Love V1 with the 'popped' colour of the steel. Cliche it may be buts its totally suitable here. i believe in using techniques when they are appropriate. Its the over use at times when its not, which turns people off these techniques. The expressions and body language is so intense and focused. Paul

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JohnChambersPhotography

Good timing Dave, it sure looks hot work you can see it in the capture, I like both but would go for v2 if pushed. good work as always.

John

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Lillian
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4 Jan 2013 - 4:47 PM

Definitely V1 for me the touch of colour
adds to the movement of the image
superb
Lillian

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UrbaneMagick
4 Jan 2013 - 9:34 PM

Stunning image Dave, brilliant clarity .... v2 for me......... with the quality of shot, I think perhaps it doesn't need the pop.

GarethSmile

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annettep38 e2 Member 3186 forum postsannettep38 vcard France30 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jan 2013 - 10:54 PM

v1 for me that is expert selective colouring. I can just imagine the smell and the sound.

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Chinga
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7 Jan 2013 - 6:23 AM

V1 for me. It is the correct colour of the iron when hot from the forge ready for shaping.
I know this because my father was a blacksmith and I witness this transformations in his workshop and I operated the Huge wind blower to keep the fire going.
Wonderful shots. IB

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LexEquine  8 United States19 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jan 2013 - 7:15 PM

'Super-tonality & Compositions' ~ Peter Wink

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avacreates
15 Jan 2013 - 11:37 AM

I also feel its about the settings you used to get the special effect of the hammer movement - brilliant
AVA

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