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The Engineer

By dudler
One of my favourite props, plus one of my favourite techniques, and one of my favourite lenses. Plus my son, dragooned into aiding and abetting last year's 'Search for Awesome' shoots at Abbey Street Studio - sadly, now closed.

Plus a little bit of extra processing, which helps transform Danny from a very definitely 21st Century man into someone who could be from a century ago - or even two. Sincere and deep thanks to Willie for advice on software - and also to Lee Frost's article in the current edition of Black and White Photography for giving me a push towards it.

Tags: Monochrome Engineer Sidelit Portraits and people Micrometer Digital processing AbbeyStreetStudio TheSearchForAwesome

Voters: mrswoolybill, TyChee, bobpaige1 and 54 more

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mrswoolybill Plus
16 3.5k 2563 United Kingdom
26 Jan 2016 5:56PM
Ooooh yes...
ddolfelin 11 103 3 Wales
26 Jan 2016 6:03PM
A very good exercise.
colijohn 11 59 2 Netherlands
26 Jan 2016 6:05PM
Superb mono and processing. Great detail and the broken nose really tops off the image.

dudler Plus
19 2.0k 1966 England
26 Jan 2016 6:27PM
Colin - it's not broken! Just the result of genes for odd noses on both sides of the family...

But it certainly looks it, I agree...
banehawi Plus
18 2.8k 4332 Canada
26 Jan 2016 6:28PM

pablophotographer 11 2.1k 431
26 Jan 2016 6:39PM
A tool measuring thickness of objects, a long time, no see product of my toolbox Blush
Seen from the small initial display picture I thought there was something being measured between the two ends.
I like the black and white processing, but I am wondering (or suggesting) should the picture
have looked better if the pupil of the eye was positioned between the gap of the two ends of the tool.
best regards,

barbarahirst 14 27 12 United Kingdom
26 Jan 2016 6:46PM
you know it shouldn't be held like that,,,,
but makes for a good image
26 Jan 2016 6:50PM
A nice image of this micrometer and the focused concentration of the engineer using it.
Daisymaye Plus
14 25 24 Canada
26 Jan 2016 8:17PM
Really like this. Focused to perfection by you and him.
Satlight 6 23 United Kingdom
26 Jan 2016 8:20PM
This image has brought back so many memories of my engineering apprenticeship, using manual machines and manual measuring equipment in the production of aircraft components, the experienced machine setters always wore a shirt and tie under their overalls.....the lads nowadays have it so easy, they just look at the digital readout, they can't even read the barrel of a mic, and inches may as well be a foreign language. So for me, you got it spot on Smile
cats_123 Plus
18 5.1k 30 Northern Ireland
26 Jan 2016 11:02PM
A finely gauged shot,😊
PranavMishra 10 52 18 India
27 Jan 2016 12:30AM
indeed a very nice man..
27 Jan 2016 3:13AM
Great shot, John. I use tools like this every day in my furniture making.

fotobee Plus
9 4 3 South Africa
27 Jan 2016 3:52AM
A lovely shot indeed, John. Regards Martin
bliba Plus
17 1 2 Austria
27 Jan 2016 7:21AM
27 Jan 2016 12:32PM
Hi Dudler, a great photo. As you say timeless, these days he would be waring gloves and eye protection. This has given my inspiration for our next club competition "an item from the tool box".

I take you recommend the Sigma lens.
kuipje 8 3 Netherlands
27 Jan 2016 1:57PM
Hi John
Great idea,graet taken and beautiful B&W.
Like a scene from jekyll and hyde.
dark_lord Plus
18 3.0k 835 England
27 Jan 2016 9:42PM
A remarkably good shot.
Lenscapon 6 64
22 Feb 2016 2:03AM
Great composition. Draws attention to your Son's eye even though you have a nice narrow DOF.

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