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Wheel of time

By blueaquan
Just as a potter's wheel moulds the clay into an identity, for it to return back to Earth over a period of time,
so do we, get moulded by the wheel of time to rise from Earth to form our pseudo personalities and return back to Earth over a period of time.

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pablophotographer 9 1.9k 407
13 Oct 2016 1:41PM
Yes I have seen potters in my lifeline and they were not called Harry.
Are you sure you wanted a critique on it? It looks absolutely perfect to me.
Focus is on the hands making the vase and that makes sense.
Other camera settings suggest you handled the lighting conditions very skilfully.
Well done, bravo.
banehawi Plus
17 2.5k 4247 Canada
13 Oct 2016 1:41PM
This is a very nice shot, especially at such a slow shutter speed.

I assume its hand-held? Youve got that nice spinning of the clay pot, and the hand on top is quite sharp. Theres minor movement in his arm, but it really is minor.

I would think about increasing exposure slightly, as it makes the wet clay on his hands shine and glisten. I would remove that bright red area top left as it will draw the eye.

Ive done this in the mod, and cropped a little off the left.

Very good work. And I think the analogy with life works too.


13 Oct 2016 2:02PM
Thank you Willie and Pablo. Willie really appreciate your modification, amazing work on removing that bright red piece, but don't you think the exposure has jumped a bit to the point where his left arm is over exposed? Just my thought?
sawsengee 14 6 40 Malaysia
13 Oct 2016 5:33PM
The skill & dedication of a potter have always captured my imagination, like the time I was at the Potter's Square in Bhaktapur in Nepal (before the massive earthquake). The captured scene is fine with wonderful ambiance lighting, just that it contains too many items to concentrate on the skill. I have uploaded a modification by cropping the picture, just focusing on the hands, the clay covered textures, the spinning mortar board & the finished product in the blurred background in a square format. Hope you like the modification. Best regards.
14 Oct 2016 9:50AM
Close up pottery Hi Sawsengee, thank you for your comment, I like your modification, in fact I had already shot an image like that, which I had kept aside. Do take a look at the link.

dudler Plus
17 1.6k 1861 England
14 Oct 2016 9:26PM
My first thought was that higher ISO would allow a higher shutter speed to avoid camera shake - but it would lose the perfect degree of blur in the pottery.

I might have gone for a smaller aperture, or maybe for a slightly different angle, so that the potter's eyes (instead of the hairs on his chest) were in focus along with his hands and the pot he is throwing.

The array of bowls behind him give a lovely sense of context, as well as a nice addition to the composition.
15 Oct 2016 6:25AM
Hi Dudler
Yes, you are right, I should have considered increasing to ISO to get a higher shutter. However I do have shots from the angle you are talking about, but I kept missing out something or the other. At a lower angle, I had got both the potter and the wheel in focus, but those smaller bowls were missing and I was loosing context. Also the distractions on the far side were much higher.
If I took a higher angle, I couldn't get his face in focus, but I could at least get the wheel and his hands and of course those small bowls. Therefore I choose to post this instead.
Also I had the limitation of a 40mm focal length, even to get him and the wheel in the picture I had to stand up, hold the camera above me head and use the tilt screen live view to focus on his hands. The hair on the chest was not intentional, perhaps it was on the same plane as the pot.

dudler Plus
17 1.6k 1861 England
15 Oct 2016 10:07AM
Thank you for such a thoghtful reply: yes, I understand all of that, and I agree. What you describe shows that this shot wasn't accidentally good: you worked hard for it, considered the options, and delivered a lovely image.

I don't think - looking quickly - anyone has siad this would probably do quite well in the main gallery. I'd certainly vote for it!

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