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Pulling Power

By ZenTony
So the debate here is mono or colour (see V1). We all know that flames are red and that the metal is hot so does colour us tell any more. For me the mono add energy to the image that the colour does not quite portray. I would welcome any thoughts.
As a matter of interest Joel is a self taught blacksmith who makes garden sculptures. He was a graphic designer who for health reasons found working in a regimented environment difficult. So incredibly he taught himself via YouTube the art of the smithy and his sculptures are incredible. In this picture he was making a swirl, an element of the decoration for a gate. (See V2)

Tags: Photo journalism Sculpture Monochrome Blacksmith Artisan

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21 Oct 2020 6:37AM
Very powerful, the colour version for me. Fine images!

Dave 🙂
21 Oct 2020 7:00AM
Great shot the mono works for me, Dave.
woolybill1 Plus
14 35 76 United Kingdom
21 Oct 2020 8:12AM
Mono for impact, most assuredly.
saltireblue Plus
10 11.4k 69 Norway
21 Oct 2020 8:14AM
Good for him for getting out of the rat-race!

There's more tension and dynamism in the b&w version, which isn't present in the colour one.
21 Oct 2020 11:38AM
Mono for me...
dales Plus
4 11 Australia
21 Oct 2020 12:23PM
The mono appears as the stronger image for me Tony , he looks to be a very skilled craftsman.
jacomes Plus
5 26 32 Portugal
21 Oct 2020 1:39PM
I like both photos. The b&w seems to concentrate more on Joel and the effort he is making (it's a pity some detail has been lost along the top of his arm). in the colour you get more of the heat of the fire and the piece he is working on. So both have their place.
V2 is a super portrait of the man taking justifiable pride in his work.
Daisymaye Plus
12 23 18 Canada
21 Oct 2020 1:52PM
I like both but I do like seeing what the hot metal looks like in colour. Great set Tony.
dudler Plus
17 1.4k 1774 England
21 Oct 2020 3:42PM
A slight preference for mono. I'd be looking to dodge and burn to get more tonal separation...

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