Stills V3

May 29, 2010

Paul’s Demo (Just Now)

Filed under: Rex — Rex @ 16:51
Wood turner

A display of local activities in Christchurch.



  1. He’s very professional isn’t he in his monogrammed coverall? I like the sense of speed of the rotating wood shown by the flying chips and blurred movement. The framing works better with that partially included head.

    Comment by zavaell — May 31, 2010 @ 06:49

  2. The inclusion of the (safety?)glasses keeps our own eyes going back to the turning at hand.

    Comment by rhoehne — June 3, 2010 @ 11:53

  3. That green sliver on the left hand edge has a disproportionate impact that I don’t much like.

    That aside I like the framing (as per John’s comment) and the overall immediacy.

    Comment by colinjago — June 3, 2010 @ 16:44

  4. Just the right amount of motion blur. I’m going to go against the grain here (bad pun, sorry) — I think I’d prefer a closer crop in on that fascinating area of hands, blade and flying wood chips — don’t need the face to hold me there.

    Comment by Christina — June 4, 2010 @ 04:27

  5. As I moved in to photograph him he changed to the wrong end of the turning, looked at me and said ‘That’s no good for you is it? I’ll do this end” and moved back to the thin end.

    The in camera crop was because an enormous amount of highlights, tent and general junk got included the more of his head I put in.

    Comment by Rex — June 5, 2010 @ 16:42

  6. I get a strong sense of the task at hand. Because the framing lets me see the wood chips that have made it all the way to his shoulders, I have an even better feel for the speed at which the wood is turning.

    Comment by anitajesse — June 7, 2010 @ 03:57

  7. I very much like the cropped head. No more is required and would actually dilute the focus of attention. Less head would change the picture radically, leading to a crop to the hands and removing the upper body.

    I didn’t notice the sliver of green until I read Colin’s comment. Now I do and I agree. I’m not sure that a crop is all that easy though unless you’re willing to change the shape of the picture as both top and bottom of the frame are perfect.

    Comment by sojournerphoto — June 10, 2010 @ 20:32

  8. The head turns this into a portrait of a man at work, rather than a photo of the work.
    The motion blur gives a sense of activity that nicely avoids a posed look.

    Comment by doonster — June 13, 2010 @ 02:01

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