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Sun Welder

By JEFourie
Three employees busy rigging the steel structure on site. Picture taken about mid-day, in Black and White. I just tweaked a bit with the contrast.

Tags: Architecture Black and white

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Love the shapes, this really work for me in mono. Well captured.


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banehawi Plus
13 1.7k 3807 Canada
3 Dec 2012 4:38PM
Welcome to EPZ Jaco.

A nice starting shot that looks quite good.

Theres is probably a problem though with how you are re sizing the image, and Ive uploaded a mod (scroll up to the modifications tab) to make the issue I see very obvious. You can see the blocks effect at the top, and those squiggly lines near edges.

So, assuming Photoshop is used (let me know if its something else) Image>size>set PPI = 72; set long side = 600. Save as, using high quality, and the method as Bi-Cubic. Then open the new image, check for sharpness, sharpen a little as needed, save, and upload.

Enjoy the site,


Focus_Man 7 481 631 United Kingdom
3 Dec 2012 4:55PM
Welcome to EPZ from me as well Jaco. An interesting image of how things are done in SA I guess. At least they are 'fastened on' or 'clipped on' as we call it in UK, but looking at the picture, they seem to be ropes rather than the materials we use here. Incidentally there is no welding going on, just the rays of the sun.

Anyway, an interesting picture to start with, looking at it all the action to me is at the LHS making most of the RHS redundant. As the 'working at height' is on a vertical structure, I do feel thas is better suited to a portrait style crop. For that reason I have uploaded a mod to give you my take on it. As you haven't uploaded any EXIF, neither I nor anybody else is able to pass comment on that, but if in future you could upload all camera settings, ylou will receive good advice about that aspect of your photography as well.

Sooty_1 Plus
7 1.5k 221 United Kingdom
3 Dec 2012 5:32PM
I like the idea, and I like Franks mod. I just wonder if it might have been better with the sun hidden behind the top man/central post. For me, the subject is the framework with figures, not the sun burst.
You could even have made it higher contrast black and white, as the graphic nature of the shot lends itself to it.

paulbroad Plus
10 123 1216 United Kingdom
3 Dec 2012 7:27PM
Impressive although I might consider hiding the sun.a strong image but you have significant pixellation. Possible conversion issues I think, possibly tomuch JPG compression, which causes such artifacts.

4 Dec 2012 12:19AM
hello and Hertzlich Wilkommen. (That's the closest I can do to Afrikaans, lol.)

I like your strong picture, the theme of the men and the metal, the process of building a bright future, the dedication and the hard work (I hope they are paid well for their job). A praise to their work? (may be and what more generous tahan if you could give them the picture).
That's with the conceptual issues, let's see the graphic ones.
I like your horizontal presentation also because it offers guiding lines to the culmination of a partially seen triangle and the interest point of the sun. I would say that you could also shoot it, if the camera has this option, to a 4:3 format rather than 3:2. The vertical pole although crucial to the structure can even be erased, notice all of the men are sat on diagonal bars, I think the picture could look even more striking then; and thus the height of the picture could be eliminated as it doesn't offer much (for example he height from the ground). Even by number the diagonal lines outnumber the verticals and to me they make the picture more interesting. I offer you my sincere apologies but I don't have the software means to make my suggestion visible or the skill at the moment. I hope another dedicated friend attempts it or you may possibly be able to do it yourself.

I amlooking forward for more intersting pictures from you. All the best.
Thank you everyone for your comments. I am but an amateur, so I still have a lot to learn and I welcome any advice or critique.

I actually wanted the guys to walk on the beam, but they wouldn't - in the 90's there was a song 'Walking on Sunshine' - and it would've fitted perfectly Wink

I'm still figuring the site, so I'll upload some more as I take them.

Thank you again Smile

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