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HandCrafters

Prieni
Posted 08/07/2014 - 17:07 Link
Here is another series from this month. I went to a handcrafters fair in an old cloister nearby.

1. Blacksmith I
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2. Blacksmith II
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3. Ropemaker I
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4. Ropemaker II
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5. Papermaker
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McGregNi
Posted 08/07/2014 - 18:30 Link
Very good detail and nice exposures... What kind if colour toning are you doing here, it looks like a kind of duo style? And what software was used? No 4 needs a bit more low-tone contrast in the shadows I feel, and perhaps a slight drop in exposure overall.
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Edited by McGregNi: 08/07/2014 - 18:32
Northgrain
Posted 08/07/2014 - 18:31 Link
I very much like the processing of these - the muted colours really suit the subjects. The first and third are my pick - beautifully composed.
Prieni
Posted 08/07/2014 - 19:04 Link
Thanks guys!

McGregNi, it's not toning but just desaturation. It's mainly two layers involved, the straight shot and a HDR'ed version (I'm using SNS-HDR but don't think it matters too much which software is used - the further processing is done in Photoshop). Depending on the shot I might copy the original photo and use a soft light layer mode on that (and adjusting the brightness of that layer to suit) before adding the HDR layer, usually using normal layer mode and tuning opacity down.
Next I'm using a channel-mixer layer for the mono conversion (it allows you to adjust the different colours a bit differently - if the gradation is as you like then you might as well use hue/saturation and just desaturate). The opacity on that layer is taken back a bit to make the original colours appear.
Usually a vignette is added by using a gradient from transparent (middle) to black using soft light layer mode and adjusting opacity again. Sounds all more complicated than it is.

On #4: Yes, I see what you mean, especially when comparing it to #3. I'm torn between the contrast of the shadows (better in #3) and the detail on the shirt in the arms shadow (nicer in #4). But I guess I could adjust it to be a bit darker and still retain the texture of the shirt.
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swarf
Posted 08/07/2014 - 19:17 Link
Northgrain wrote:
I very much like the processing of these - the muted colours really suit the subjects. The first and third are my pick - beautifully composed.

+1 - really lovely composition.

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davidstorm
Posted 09/07/2014 - 00:10 Link
A lovely set of images, very easy on the eye. These are so well processed, in sympathy with the subject matter and this for me makes them stand out from the crowd. They are also very expertly shot, all in all a wonderful set.

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Blythman
Posted 09/07/2014 - 08:08 Link
Very effective set, and good to see a close up view concentrating on the craft rather than the person
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SteveF
Posted 09/07/2014 - 10:54 Link
Great subjects, beautifully shot and sympathetically processed.

Thanks for giving the information on the processing; very interesting.
McGregNi
Posted 09/07/2014 - 11:10 Link
Yes, thanks for that detail, the approach has worked very well
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