If you're on holiday, you are going to love this contest: photographing people who are doing manual labour. In other words, people doing work by hand. Examples could be fruit picking, building a house, cutting a tree, ...

There can be only one person in the picture, and it's allowed for that person to use a tool for the work. The tool is not a requirement, labour such as fruit picking, building a house or cutting a tree, are also considered on-theme. Important is that it has to be physical labour and not mental labour. So a person typing on a computer is not considered on-theme

So get searching and find the hardest working person who is completely caught up in the work he/she is doing

To get some inspiration, have a look at this contest on Pxleyes: here

This theme was suggested 2 years ago by user photonot on Pxleyes.

Good luck!

ENTRIES
Olga.L avatarLevel 17Silver awardBronze awardGold awardHeart award
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1 out of 30

Drying Rice Stalks created by Olga.L

14 reactions
IEatRawEggs avatarLevel 16
IEatRawEggs

This has Vietnam written all over :)
Nice capture

Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L replied to IEatRawEggs :

Thank you and VN is a wonderful place to be stuck in during COVID.

Zizounai avatarLevel 15
Zizounai

Congrrrrats Sweety pie 😍

Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L replied to Zizounai :

thank you....merci

grasshopper1 avatarLevel 11
grasshopper1

This is a great shot. I also think your work exemplifies the other end of street shooting, This I would consider an artsy approach that appeals to the beauty of clarity,symmetry, and balance etc..
it appeals more to my head and my critical side for order. While the woman with the accordion working with her hands shot appeals to my heart. Both are street shooting but at different ends of the spectrum. And then the other shots on here are street shots that fall in the middle. One leaning one way and other leaning in the opposite direction. I tend to enjoy the style this shooter takes. But like someone mention in a post on the woman >Photonut "some people would walk by/ignore the person," I think I could do the same thing with street photos like the woman. Let my (prejudices/my tendency towards clarity,symmetry, balance and beauty carry over. It's something that I always will have to keep an eye on.
Thanks.

hallomega avatarLevel 6
hallomega

Dear Olga: A well-deserved win! Congratulations!
Chris

Adampleasance avatarLevel 8
Adampleasance

Excellent result - this is a super composition. Well done Olga - congratulations.

Merlin avatarLevel 15
Merlin

Great shot!!! ;-))

Adampleasance avatarLevel 8Silver award
Adampleasance

I love the symmetry of this image - the fans of the grass and the curves matching the curve of her hat.

Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L replied to Adampleasance :

Thank you once again for your comment.

photonut avatarLevel 10
photonut

they look like fans in this,nice photo though

Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L replied to photonut :

Thank you Nutsky :-)

MyMindsEye avatarLevel 10Heart awardHeart award
MyMindsEye

The patterns of the grasses are an effective element to the composition of this photo.
Well seen!
Good luck, Artist.

Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L replied to MyMindsEye :

Thank you for your comment.

Adampleasance avatarLevel 8Silver award
68%
2 out of 30

Tailor. created by Adampleasance

Inside a tailor's shop - Mussoorie, Uttarakand.

12 reactions
Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L

CONGRATS to you on this win!

Adampleasance avatarLevel 8
Adampleasance replied to Olga.L :

Thank you so much. I am so chuffed that others liked this image. I, of course, have personal memories which enhance the image when I see it. So when others like the shot without that personal connection it is doubly satisfying.

hallomega avatarLevel 6
hallomega

Dear Adam

Congratulations on the Silver Medal! Well done!

Cheers

Chris

Adampleasance avatarLevel 8
Adampleasance replied to hallomega :

Thank you so much. It's so gratifying when others like one of your images.

Merlin avatarLevel 15
Merlin

Very good one! It's a B&W silver!! ;o)

IEatRawEggs avatarLevel 16
IEatRawEggs

It would be nice to have a colored version of this, for comparison

Wayne-Cheah avatarLevel 11
Wayne-Cheah

Did he just asked, "Have you read 'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy' by British author John le CarrΓ©"?

photonut avatarLevel 10
photonut replied to Wayne-Cheah :

Love the tones in this,can,t quite make up my mind whether the calender adds or subtracts from this photo though.

Olga.L avatarLevel 17Gold award
Olga.L

So many points to love about this well taken, well-composed, and thought through image. On a technical level the tonal ranges rock from rich blacks through a multitude of grays to pure white thus making it a stand out. Taking the colour out pulls us closer to the subject and you waited for "the photograph to be born" and caught his eyes looking into 'ours'. There is a story here of his life with the sewing machine in the corner, the huddled feeling of a cramped space and yet so seemingly at peace with a meditative process of sewing and sitting in lotus pose. The image is so sharp you could cut yourself on it and the details in shadows are perfect, including the pits in the wall behind him. Simply a brilliant photograph. I hope you showed this to him after you took it....it lovely and we can learn a lot from it through study. Thank you...two thumbs up.

Adampleasance avatarLevel 8
Adampleasance replied to Olga.L :

Thanks for your detailed appreciation of the image. I did indeed show him the result. He was a friendly chap with such a happy disposition. His name is Anand. I sat and chatted with him and had tea with him while my wife was scouring the shops.

Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L replied to Adampleasance :

It is amazing (to me) how photography breaks through cultural barriers and brings us closer to each other (most times).

Adampleasance avatarLevel 8
Adampleasance replied to Olga.L :

Agree! It opens opportunities to meet people and chat and share ideas and increase understanding.

Zizounai avatarLevel 15Bronze award
67%
3 out of 30

Marble cutter created by Zizounai

6 reactions
IEatRawEggs avatarLevel 16
IEatRawEggs

Today I learned about marble cutting

Nice photo

Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L

Felicitations! CONGRATS.

Zizounai avatarLevel 15
Zizounai replied to Olga.L :

Merci Olga πŸ₯°

Merlin avatarLevel 15
Merlin

Nice shot! ;o)

Zizounai avatarLevel 15
Zizounai replied to Merlin :

Thank you Merlin 😊

Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L

A well-balanced, thoughtful photograph caught at the moment of peak action...a moment later or sooner would not have this justice. Sharp image, good tonal quality, natural saturation. Lovely catch. Thank you.

photonut avatarLevel 10
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4 out of 30

Chainsaw man created by photonut

7 reactions
Olga.L avatarLevel 17Gold award
Olga.L

Oh the concentration of this worker we can see right off the bat and it is hard work with all those wood pieces flying around and you used a quick shutter speed to capture them in your image. The blue hoses in the background do distract from the photo and they could be easily cloned out to give a cleaner less busy image. The technical aspects of this photograph are well handled in tone, contrast and light...it is a well-exposed image and I quite like it. I think he might be carving a statue, is he an artist?

IEatRawEggs avatarLevel 16
IEatRawEggs replied to Olga.L :

You should write a book ^_^

To me it's a man with a chainsaw, you see much more

Olga.L avatarLevel 17Hug award
Olga.L replied to IEatRawEggs :

I would but I hate deadlines....😡 !

IEatRawEggs avatarLevel 16
IEatRawEggs replied to Olga.L :

Ok, your deadline is in 10 years! No pressure! ☺️

Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L replied to IEatRawEggs :

If only I had that long to live....

photonut avatarLevel 10
photonut replied to Olga.L :

thanks for the good comments/info olga yes he was and had made several carvings.

Skyangel avatarLevel 14
Skyangel

I agree with Olga about the blue hoses being a bit distracting but cloning things out is sometimes a pain. I think this is one example where making the background BW would help solve issues of background color distractions. The photo just makes me want to see the finished carving.

Skyangel avatarLevel 14
66%
5 out of 30

Concreter created by Skyangel

Spraying concrete.

6 reactions
Olga.L avatarLevel 17Bronze award
Olga.L

A high voltage image that the viewer gets easily entangled in the story presented. Love the texture of the concrete not only being poured down but the concrete already poured behind him. A good tight crop to help us focus on the topic..."man at work". The dull grays of the concrete are offset by a great orange shirt. The bend of the man working weighted down by his job adds to a perfect photo showing the man's concentration not only in body image but also in his face. A very good catch. Two thumbs up.

Skyangel avatarLevel 14
Skyangel replied to Olga.L :

Thank you very much Olga.

photonut avatarLevel 10
photonut

Bet he is a hard man after this lol

Skyangel avatarLevel 14
Skyangel replied to photonut :

Definitely! Permanently set in his ways. It's hard to budge him. 😝

Adampleasance avatarLevel 8
Adampleasance

Super Γ‘ction' shot - great sense of what is going on. The twisting pipes really add to the image.

Skyangel avatarLevel 14
Skyangel replied to Adampleasance :

Thank you very much.

photonut avatarLevel 10Bronze award
66%
6 out of 30

Cleaning the Engine created by photonut

7 reactions
grasshopper1 avatarLevel 11Silver award
grasshopper1

The color does pop and against the black... looks nice. But it does seem to get in the way of the picture as a a whole. If you wanted to keep the color maybe lighting it up some so it's not so contrasting.
Also you missed a part when you were cleaning up the color, you left a little behind his head,on the train. It takes away from all the work you did.
All and all I like the shot,pretty cool. I think it has all the qualities of a good monochrome shot also.

Skyangel avatarLevel 14Platinum award
Skyangel

I like the selective color effect but may I ask why you only selected the shirt to keep colored and not the whole man? I tend to think keeping the whole subject in color and only the background in BW would look better but that's just my personal opinion and taste. When only the shirt is colored, it gives me the impression that the photographer wants the viewer to focus on the shirt not on the whole man at work.

photonut avatarLevel 10
photonut replied to Skyangel :

Yes slightly agree,but wanted his hands to look a bit grubby,hence b/w

Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L

Lovely, you have come in close to get us involved in your photo and using selective colour works. The high contrast and dark tones could have been lifted on his face to show more detail and this can be done by the shadow slider in your RAW filter. An engaging image!

photonut avatarLevel 10
photonut replied to Olga.L :

Thankyou Olga for the comments,so nice to be in contact

Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L replied to photonut :

I have friends living in Kent....are you near there? I could introduce you guys as you are both wonderful photographers.

photonut avatarLevel 10
photonut replied to Olga.L :

No not really but good thought

Adampleasance avatarLevel 8
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7 out of 30

Cobbler. created by Adampleasance

Street cobbler - Madurai, Tamil Nadu.

4 reactions
Wayne-Cheah avatarLevel 11
Wayne-Cheah

I could almost hear him say "walk a mile in these shoes", in the Tamil language of course.

photonut avatarLevel 10
photonut replied to Wayne-Cheah :

Good image but tempted to say what a load of old cobblers

Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L

Oh, how I envy this man being able to sit like this for hours, and his psoas major not complaining in the least. Our 300 pound (or 20 stone) hunks in the west can only turn green with envy. Again, you have taken out the colour and masterfully rendered a rich black and white. What makes this a striking image is the plethora of textures, shapes for colour matters naught but shapes are more pronounced when in b/w. The communication between subject and us is again present with his stare....a look of curiosity.
Nice solid composition, snug crop even to that sandal on the right. This is an image that was created not a picture snapped.

Adampleasance avatarLevel 8
Adampleasance replied to Olga.L :

Yes - Indians seem at times to be made of rubber and can get themselves into any shape they want. He was another super friendly person who was very happy to be photographed. No English and all I can say in Tamil is β€œcoffee with no milk or sugar” which doesn’t take you very far!!

Adampleasance avatarLevel 8
64%
8 out of 30

Glassblower. created by Adampleasance

Mario at work - Medina Glass, Malta.

4 reactions
Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L

Mario the marvelous. Keeping the colours we see them in the background but his blowing billowing brilliant big blob does catch our eye. The POV is "belly button" and ordinary, had you changed the point of view somewhat the image could have been stronger, but nonetheless it is well taken, technically sharp showing details in the background (good aperture) and shows Mario making a living creating expensive items that not many are able to buy!

IEatRawEggs avatarLevel 16
IEatRawEggs replied to Olga.L :

Personally, I think it would look better if the background wasn't taken away the attention from the main subject

Adampleasance avatarLevel 8
Adampleasance replied to Olga.L :

With this one I was trying to get the depth from the hot globe of glass to his face. I agree it is an ordinary feel to the composition. How would you have changed the POV to give it a bit more punch?

Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L replied to Adampleasance :

Hmmm, a bit lower might have worked but keeping the glass in the background still in the photo.

Olga.L avatarLevel 17Silver awardSilver award
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9 out of 30

Mom's Home Cooking created by Olga.L

9 reactions
grasshopper1 avatarLevel 11Hug award
grasshopper1

She reminds me of one of my best friends... Farah.She can cook like that also.Nice shot,I'm hungry now.

Adampleasance avatarLevel 8
Adampleasance

Great compositoin - I particularly like the point of view which emphasizes the stacks of crockery. Soi so Asia - captures the essence of the place.

Staaan avatarLevel 19
Staaan replied to Adampleasance :

Hey Adam, mind setting an avatar so people can more easily recognize you? You can do so in the top right under 'settings'!

Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L replied to Adampleasance :

Thank you for stopping by and commenting , much appreciated.

photonut avatarLevel 10
photonut

Interesting one this

Skyangel avatarLevel 14
Skyangel

Looks like tomato soup? It appears to have chunks of tomatoes in it? It is a very curious thing to see her putting it into a plastic bag when she has all those bowls on the table. How did you get the birds eye view?

Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L replied to Skyangel :

It's a crab soup, very popular at this restaurant but we've never tried it. That POV was taken from the sidewalk looking down into her store....and those plastic bags are everywhere grrrrrrrrrrr. They serve soup this way, they serve drinks this way... for take out, and the plastic is clogging up the world. The bowls are for customers eating inside the restaurant. Thank you for your interest.

Skyangel avatarLevel 14
Skyangel replied to Olga.L :

Is the soup hot in the plastic bags? If it is, it's a wonder the bags don't melt with the heat? At least where I live, we have styrofoam cups with lids for hot takeaway drinks and soup. I can't imagine trying to drink or eat soup out of a plastic bag. I don't think I would buy it served up that way.

IEatRawEggs avatarLevel 16
IEatRawEggs replied to Skyangel :

Soup in a bag, this truly is the future!

hallomega avatarLevel 6
63%
10 out of 30

Harvesting coconuts created by hallomega

Canon EOS 600D 1/250, 4.0 Northern Bali

2 reactions
Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L

OH be still the beating of my heart! What a catch and what a sight....did you know that some 150 people die each year from having a coconut fall on their head.....onwards with the review. Love everything about this image however he is not pin sharp, there is a softness you need a sharper focus on the main subject. His face has lost detail and again, easy to adjust, simply take the photo into RAW and push the shadow lever up and then we would see his face pop. Nicely composed with those palm leaves (coconut leaves) framing him.

hallomega avatarLevel 6
hallomega replied to Olga.L :

Thanks Olga - I really do need to brush up on technical skills!

Olga.L avatarLevel 17Bronze award
63%
11 out of 30

Toil and Moil created by Olga.L

5 reactions
Skyangel avatarLevel 14
Skyangel

He must be a very strong man. One bag looks heavy enough but carrying three at once looks like a back breaking job. The top one is just balancing there. He wouldn't want to drop it. As for cropping out the car, would a different POV have worked or maybe if you had waited for him to walk a bit further forward?

grasshopper1 avatarLevel 11Bronze award
grasshopper1

I like this image also. You can cut out some of the truck without touching the man if you wanted. But i would square it up like 4x4 or 5x5 and take the whole picture as the focal point.
You still can do a lot in photoshop to make this pic pop even more. It also looks like if you black and white it, you could bring out all the textures,lines and shades with min work. Anyway nice stuff.

Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L replied to grasshopper1 :

Thank you very much for your time and input, I appreciate your insight.

photonut avatarLevel 10
photonut

Gritty piece of work and so love this one,simple but effective,if i have one thought would be to crop of the car,but i still like this one.

Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L replied to photonut :

Hi I can't crop out the car without lopping a piece of him off...I suppose I could have tried to clone it out but ugh .....too much work. Thank you.

Zizounai avatarLevel 15
Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L

I agree with Adam's comment however sometimes as photographer's we just have to do what we can do. The two arms of the potter behind the main character also create visual confusion. This potter looks very concentrated and that was a nice emotion to get from your post.

Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L

I agree with Adam's comment however sometimes as photographer's we just have to do what we can do. The two arms of the potter behind the main character also create visual confusion. This potter looks very concentrated and that was a nice emotion to get from your post.

Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L

I agree with Adam's comment however sometimes as photographer's we just have to do what we can do. The two arms of the potter behind the main character also create visual confusion. This potter looks very concentrated and that was a nice emotion to get from your post.

Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L

I agree with Adam's comment however sometimes as photographer's we just have to do what we can do. The two arms of the potter behind the main character also create visual confusion. This potter looks very concentrated and that was a nice emotion to get from your post.

Zizounai avatarLevel 15
Zizounai replied to Olga.L :

Wow I see you really wanted to deliver this message Olga. Thanks 😁

grasshopper1 avatarLevel 11Gold award
grasshopper1 replied to Zizounai :

I think the shot is very good .There is a feel about it that makes it pleasing to the eye.I am sure that is why you shot it. It could be the colors; the balance between them and the shapes, or the lighting .
I prefer it from the side. I think seeing his face from the front would detract from the whole. I agree, you see something going on and you take the shot.It may not always perfect or to the liking of others, but you can always take what you have and bring out the best parts in Photoshop. I think you can coax out a lot more of what the scene has to offer with this pic. Good job.

photonut avatarLevel 10
photonut replied to Olga.L :

Yes sometimes things are not always to our advantage,and you have to work with what you can,do agree that the other potters hands do intrude if only minor.

Adampleasance avatarLevel 8
Adampleasance

Good shot - would it have been possible to change your angle and shoot across the top of the pots and so bring the potters face into view?

Zizounai avatarLevel 15
Zizounai replied to Adampleasance :

Thanks but no, not possible because it was not possible to go in front of him. And I didn't want to disturb him!

photonut avatarLevel 10
62%
13 out of 30

Welding the Rail created by photonut

3 reactions
IEatRawEggs avatarLevel 16
IEatRawEggs

Good he has a pillow, otherwise that wouldn't be safe at all! :D

Olga.L avatarLevel 17Diamond award
Olga.L

A visually appealing photograph taken from a standing POV. Had you crouched down a bit and come in closer it would have been a stronger image and you could have included more rail behind him. Technically I like the rich crispness, the sharpness, the colour and the concentration of the man bent over his work. Those two feet in the upper right hand corner need to be cloned out. Changing the POV of a photograph oftentimes takes it from the ordinary into the extraordinary realm. A nice entry, thank you.

photonut avatarLevel 10
photonut replied to Olga.L :

thanks again for the comments/advice olga,strange how i did not even notice those feet.

Zizounai avatarLevel 15
61%
14 out of 30

Wood turner created by Zizounai

7 reactions
Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L

I like the warm tones on this image and he is working with wood which in my eyes is warm. He is well concentrated on his job and that makes us linger longer on your image which technically is sharp, well exposed, and nice tonal quality. What I find disturbing is what is behind him, that green light for the tilt of his head goes directly into the bowl of the light. This would be so very easy to clone out because the background is not complicated at all and you could fool all of us and you would end up with a much stronger image. He has a look of peace on his face and I bet he is a really lovely person to interact with.

Zizounai avatarLevel 15
Zizounai replied to Olga.L :

Thanks for your brilliant review. You're right about the strange green thing Olga. I noticed it after I posted my entry as well. Hope the cancel option comes fast, hello Staaaaaan !!!

Staaan avatarLevel 19
Staaan replied to Zizounai :

There should be an edit button now on the entry.

It's not an ideal solution yet, but you can just replace the url to the jpg with a new one.

Zizounai avatarLevel 15
Zizounai replied to Staaan :

Sorry Staaan but I don't understand what you mean... I'll have to wait for something easier i'm afraid. I know you can do it!!! πŸ˜‹

photonut avatarLevel 10
photonut

Good profile of this woodturner and capturing his expression,although b/w might have been better[i think]

Zizounai avatarLevel 15
Zizounai replied to photonut :

I would try it if we had a cancel option... It should come soon. Thanks Photonut 😊

photonut avatarLevel 10
photonut replied to Zizounai :

your welcome

Skyangel avatarLevel 14
60%
15 out of 30

Earthworks created by Skyangel

Excavating for a swimming pool.

5 reactions
grasshopper1 avatarLevel 11
grasshopper1

I agree with Olga on the saturation...nice image. It leaves me wondering where they going to get the water from to fill it...

Skyangel avatarLevel 14
Skyangel replied to grasshopper1 :

They are very lucky to have an underground spring on the farm. The water is endless.

grasshopper1 avatarLevel 11
grasshopper1 replied to Skyangel :

Oh man...sweet!!

Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L

A well-saturated, nice tonal range image and I am wondering if you used the "sky enhancement" filter available on PS 2021 for the sky is raging for attention and is getting it. You cropped this nicely, the horizon is level and shot it at peak movement with the earth tumbling down, aperture gives sharpness throughout the planes. It is "pretty as a picture"...picture.

Skyangel avatarLevel 14
Skyangel replied to Olga.L :

Thank you Olga. No, I did not use "sky enhancement filter". I used camera raw filter.

Olga.L avatarLevel 17Bronze award
59%
16 out of 30

G O L D I found gold! created by Olga.L

25 reactions
IEatRawEggs avatarLevel 16
IEatRawEggs

I can talk about his bum, but... where are his shoes?!

Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L replied to IEatRawEggs :

This is life in the tropics...πŸ˜‰

IEatRawEggs avatarLevel 16
IEatRawEggs replied to Olga.L :

But snow...

Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L replied to IEatRawEggs :

no, not here in Tam Coc, Vietnam.

IEatRawEggs avatarLevel 16
IEatRawEggs replied to Olga.L :

Ok I had to zoom in on his butt to see the surroundings.

It's concrete, not snow, ok!

grasshopper1 avatarLevel 11Silver awardBronze award
grasshopper1

Good shot. What makes it also interesting from the practical side is that he is going to replace an shut off valve hence the one lower right with fresh teflon tape on the threads. Also up by his right knee is the other piece that connects to the lower one. The only problem is there and is a little ironic is that there are no tools showing in pic that to complete that install. What's showing are his excavation tools..lol.
I've been there before when I first bought my house and had to replace stuff with no tools.lol
Good get with the pic and the blue and soft colors.

Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L replied to grasshopper1 :

I so appreciate your comments thank you.

grasshopper1 avatarLevel 11
grasshopper1 replied to Olga.L :

For me this pictures provokes more questions than answers and would look awesome hanging in a hardware store somewhere.Classic.
Just love it :)

grasshopper1 avatarLevel 11
grasshopper1 replied to self:

oh sorry....or hanging in a gallery :)

Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L replied to grasshopper1 :

...or in my bathroom !

Skyangel avatarLevel 14
Skyangel

A very unusual, interesting and amusing POV. I wish we could find gold under our concrete. I presume by the plumbing fittings, that he is doing some plumbing?

Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L replied to Skyangel :

I dunno what he was digging for, maybe plumbing.

Adampleasance avatarLevel 8
Adampleasance

Great fun - what a good 'capture'.

Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L replied to Adampleasance :

Thank you. :-)

photonut avatarLevel 10
photonut

I could say this was a bum shot but i won,t lol

Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L replied to photonut :

LOL

Wayne-Cheah avatarLevel 11
Wayne-Cheah replied to Olga.L :

I could understand why this was not a close-up shot.

Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L replied to Wayne-Cheah :

I wish we had emojis here.......LOLOLOLOL

Skyangel avatarLevel 14Bronze award
Skyangel replied to Olga.L :

You can copy and paste them from https://emojikeyboard.top/ πŸ˜„πŸ˜πŸ˜†πŸ€£

Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L replied to Skyangel :

How do I do that? copy and paste to where?...to downloads.?

Skyangel avatarLevel 14Gold awardSilver award
Skyangel replied to Olga.L :

Find the emoji or as many as you want on the site. Click on them and they will appear in the window above the emoticon choices. Beside that window you will see a button that says copy. Press that button and it copies it onto the clip board which you cannot see but trust me, it is there. Then you just come back to this comment window, press Ctrl+V and that will paste them directly into the comment on this site. πŸ‘©πŸΌβ€πŸ«πŸ‘©β€πŸŽ“πŸŽ

IEatRawEggs avatarLevel 16
IEatRawEggs replied to Skyangel :

You can also use a Chrome plugin called EmojiKeyboard by Joypixels

You can then use a keyboard shortcut

Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L replied to IEatRawEggs :

Thank you kindly.

Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L replied to Skyangel :

. aggggrrrrhhhhhh

Skyangel avatarLevel 14
Skyangel replied to photonut :

I had to laugh at your comment.

Olga.L avatarLevel 17
58%
17 out of 30

Tough Work created by Olga.L

8 reactions
Skyangel avatarLevel 14
Skyangel

Tough work for sure. Looks like another back breaking job. It amazes me that so many people still carry such heavy loads on their backs when wheel barrows exist. Don't they use wheelbarrows in that country? One pumpkin is heavy enough for me to lift. I can't imagine lifing a whole bag full of them.

Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L replied to Skyangel :

Ohhh skyangel, it wasn't only one bag it was a truckful, over and over and over again he carried them. Thank you.

photonut avatarLevel 10
photonut

Another nice shot but think i would have preferred color in this one,still good though.

Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L replied to photonut :

thank you sweetie

Adampleasance avatarLevel 8Heart award
Adampleasance

I really like this image. I think being in black and white makes it more dramatic. There is enough tonal contrast with the background which does not detract from the main subject. I like the stoical expression on the mans face. The detail on the sacks is pin sharp. Super shot!

grasshopper1 avatarLevel 11
grasshopper1

Would you mind sharing why you shot it in monochrome and what you were trying to convey or point out. I actually like it but what I like and what your trying to express might be two different things for this pic.
Thank you so much.

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Olga.L replied to grasshopper1 :

No problem. This image in colour is quite vibrant with a warm brown stone background, his skin almost a deep purple to brown and the pumpkins green colours and yellows and oranges. The burlap sack white. When you see it in colour the colours rob the man/photo of emotion...I did not want the viewer to be influenced by the colours, I was hoping for an emotive feel to come through and according to Skyangel's critique, I succeeded for she felt sorry for the man. It is the man and his struggle that was important to highlight. Thank you for asking and feel free to comment further.

grasshopper1 avatarLevel 11
grasshopper1 replied to Olga.L :

Thank you so much for the info:)
Well thought out. I feel the same about the b&w version.
Great job:)

Adampleasance avatarLevel 8
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Car Mechanic. created by Adampleasance

Car mechanic plus audience - Mussoorie, Uttarakand.

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Wayne-Cheah avatarLevel 11
Wayne-Cheah

Is the guy on the right adding weight to make sure the car stay tilted correctly?

photonut avatarLevel 10
photonut replied to Wayne-Cheah :

Interesting one but is the car any good though lol

Olga.L avatarLevel 17Gold award
Olga.L

A masterful rendition in black and white with professional handling of tonal ranges. Had this been in colour it would have been very much like Uttarakand....a blast of colour sending us into a coma. I really like how through technical handling you have kept detail in the shadow aspect of your image. Are the whites on the cardboard he is lying on a bit overblown? You could select out this area and bring down the highlight and fooled us all. Life in another world, not something you would see on Ginza Street, Yonge Street or Canterbury!?

Adampleasance avatarLevel 8
Adampleasance replied to Olga.L :

Thanks for looking at this so carefully. Yes the cardboard is a bit hot. Will play with that to see if I can improve it.

Adampleasance avatarLevel 8
Adampleasance replied to self:

Thanks Olga - I did as you suggested and the result is a significant improvement.

Adampleasance avatarLevel 8
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Grocer. created by Adampleasance

Grocer calling in the customers - Pushkar, Rajastan.

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Wayne-Cheah avatarLevel 11
Wayne-Cheah

You need long arms to pass your intended purchases for him to weight?

Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L replied to Wayne-Cheah :

πŸ˜€

Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L

I love scenes like this and markets like this and you captured his entire store. Nice composition, serendipity! Had you lowered the highlights in your RAW filter the detail of his shirt and white blown out highlights on his produce would have come into better focus showing detail. One can easily get lost in your presentation and what a wonderful way to spend this afternoon and I can imagine being here in real time for it would turn into an adventure! Thank you.

photonut avatarLevel 10
photonut replied to Olga.L :

Street stalls can be good places to photograph,i would trim that bottom layer of veg in order to give the man a bigger profile in this.

Adampleasance avatarLevel 8
Adampleasance replied to photonut :

I tried what you recommended and it certainly improves the image. thanks for your thoughts.

Adampleasance avatarLevel 8
Adampleasance replied to Olga.L :

Thanks for giving my images such a helpful appraisal - a detailed critique is so helpful in seeing your work as others do. And, of course, getting better at taking photos. Thanks!

Adampleasance avatarLevel 8
Adampleasance replied to self:

As with the car mechanic - I opened this in Camera Raw, turned down the highlights, and cropped a bit - the result is much better - you can now see the detail in the cabbages. thanks Olga and Photonut!!

photonut avatarLevel 10
photonut replied to Adampleasance :

Your welcome,good to see other peoples point of view

photonut avatarLevel 10
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Grinding Away created by photonut

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Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L

It is the bend of his body and the sparks flying that give an exciting emotion to this photograph. The gray head of hair jumps out at us and declares itself too loudly. I agree with Adam about the importance of including more face versus a head of graying hair. Had you just crouched down a bit lower you would have succeeded in capturing his face. Technically this image is spot on and I can almost touch him and feel the texture of his blue work clothes. Lovely.

photonut avatarLevel 10
photonut replied to Olga.L :

thankyou for the comments

Adampleasance avatarLevel 8
Adampleasance

Good capture of the sparks in this shot. I always like to see more of the faces if possible. If you had squatted down would you still have got the sparks but more of the face as you would have been looking up.

photonut avatarLevel 10
photonut replied to Adampleasance :

True but did not want to get in the way,

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21 out of 30

Novitiate silversmith created by hallomega

Canon EOS 600D 1/60, 4.6 Chiang Mai Thailand

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Adampleasance avatarLevel 8
Adampleasance

I really like this - the colour combination, concentration from the monk, action as the hammer comes down. The piece he is working on is a little over-exposed. That was true of one of mine - the car mechanic. Olga suggested what to do. See our posts on my photo of the man fixing a car. Is this taken at 'The Silver Wat' - Wat Sri Suphan?

hallomega avatarLevel 6
hallomega replied to Adampleasance :

Yes Adam - you got the location right! I see what you and Olga are saying about the overexposure of the piece of silver ... and will try to darken it ... but my first thought was that given the light on the boy's body, it is actually a light source in itself

Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L

I agree with Adam's assessment but would like to add that the metal he is working on is way too hot, overexposed and distracts. See suggestion given to Adam's photo of the fellows fixing the car and you could do the same with this piece for it is a great shot .

photonut avatarLevel 10
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Dismantling the Bus created by photonut

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Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L

Uhhhh oh....there can only be one person in the photo....read the instructions for the contest atop. but it is a great shot and maybe there will be another contest with more than only one person working!

photonut avatarLevel 10
photonut replied to Olga.L :

Thanks i must read the instructions a bit

hallomega avatarLevel 6
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Elephant sculptor, Artisans d'Angkor created by hallomega

Canon EOS 600D 1/60, 4.6 Siem Reap, Cambodia

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Adampleasance avatarLevel 8
Adampleasance

Super concentration of the sculptor. A clear idea of what is going on. I love to see artists at work.

Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L

Well seen and well taken. So important to catch the emotion of the worker and you have succeeded. Also lovely that you included his tools . Technically nicely handled from exposure, lighting, tonal ranges, aperture. I think it could be improved upon if you took this back into your RAW file and bring down the highlights and see that bright white background, that blinding white background....you would pop up details of green foliage and a more cohesive photo would emerge. Such a pleasure to view this.

hallomega avatarLevel 6
hallomega replied to Olga.L :

Thank you Olga. I have already toned down all the background by about 40% but agree that the white areas are still too bright

hallomega avatarLevel 6
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A farmer washes his cow created by hallomega

Canon EOS 80D, 1/22, 6 Indonesia

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Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L

What a lovely sight to come upon but your title does not match the action in the photo. It is a pleasing image even though there is no washing going on, through this image we see both enjoying the day. I agree with a closer crop and you need to take this image back into your raw filter and push the shadows lever up to bring in the detail on the face. You could also use your dodge tool and lighten slightly on the mid tones....but be careful doing that, don't over do it otherwise we will know. I love finding scenes like this during travels to exotic lands. Thank you.

hallomega avatarLevel 6
hallomega replied to Olga.L :

Thanks Olga -will have to do a lot of homework on RAW and "dodging"

Adampleasance avatarLevel 8
Adampleasance

Great composition. Love the scattered reflections. Would this be better with a bit more cropping? Anyone out there know how the mans face could be made lighter

hallomega avatarLevel 6
hallomega replied to Adampleasance :

Thanks Adam. I have already cropped it quite a bit but will go back to it and see what a closer crop would do. Olga has suggested ways of getting the face a bit lighter!

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Hot Job created by Wayne-Cheah

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grasshopper1 avatarLevel 11
grasshopper1

Love the colors and their balancing act in your pic.Crisp shot which displays some nice details.
Well done.

Wayne-Cheah avatarLevel 11
Wayne-Cheah replied to grasshopper1 :

Thanks.

I did not crop away the ceiling because I wanted the smoke which gave it a certain atmosphere?

grasshopper1 avatarLevel 11
grasshopper1 replied to Wayne-Cheah :

oh yea...the smoke is fine. I look at it as a transitional area from the very bright to the very dark. It like leads into it. I can see this as an art installation or a poster of some type. Again very nice work.

Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L

When the POV is changed the whole image changes and you certainly have knocked this out of the ball park...that point of view, which is not only different but dangerous to the photographer enhances your image. The colours of blue and yellow which compliment each other are clearly seen and add a nice vibrance and eye catch to this photograph. I would not have minded to see a bit more mask and less ceiling but that is strictly a subjective opinion. Congrats for not sustaining third degree burns to your camera and yourself!

Wayne-Cheah avatarLevel 11
Wayne-Cheah replied to Olga.L :

Quote:- " I would not have minded to see a bit more mask and less ceiling...." Neither was I, but it was not exactly an ideal situation for contemplative composition with those sparks falling, or threaten to fall, onto the camera lens? :)

photonut avatarLevel 10
photonut

Looks Like welding going on,good angle used in this one

Wayne-Cheah avatarLevel 11
Wayne-Cheah replied to photonut :

Yep, and I had to fire the shutter, (no pun intended), and get out of the way quick as sparks well raining down.

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Preparing for Crush created by MyMindsEye

De-Stemming the fruit

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Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L

No muss no fuss clear and sharp image, well balanced and tightly cropped showing a man at work.

MyMindsEye avatarLevel 10
MyMindsEye

Thank you.

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Adampleasance avatarLevel 8
Adampleasance

A telling photo. For my taste it is too soft - increase shutter speed or was it just focus that was not spot on. I sometimes take several shots in case the first one has the subject moving.

grasshopper1 avatarLevel 11
grasshopper1

Just want to mention that this is a street shot. It doesn't have to be crisp. If it did it might look staged. Ask yourself,does this shot stir up something, is that what you wanted to convey, is that how others feel when they see it? At least 3 or 4 on this reply felt the shot.If it is then you've done your job as a photographer and are getting closer to becoming better at it. :)

grasshopper1 avatarLevel 11Bronze award
grasshopper1

Tuff gig.
Very sobering.
Very moving.
Very good street shot.
Thank you for sharing :)

ShariG avatarLevel 5
ShariG replied to grasshopper1 :

Thank you, Grasshopper. I thought the same thing about her. It moved me. :)

Skyangel avatarLevel 14
Skyangel

I presume she is a street busker trying to make money by entertaining bypassers? It is sad to see elderly people like that trying to make ends meet. It is definitely a moving scene but I think the focus is a bit off. A faster shutter speed will help reduce camera shake in future.

ShariG avatarLevel 5
ShariG replied to Skyangel :

Thanks, Skyangel for your comment. I agree, watching her was very moving. It was like watching our homeless here in America. I appreciate your input on the focus. Yes...it was taken very quickly while I was on a busy road, years ago. Couldn't be helped. C'est la vie. I still wanted to share it. Thank you!!

Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L

I agree with Skyangel's assessment that the lady counting money is not in focus, however, it is an emotive photograph.

photonut avatarLevel 10
photonut

These type of photos are difficult because the subject is emotive and if you try to focus or create a photo you could lose the moment,i think i would have set my shutterspeed before and took a shot then tryed for something different or angle after,but for us its easy to say that, i would also have given something for taking the photo,some people would walk by/ignore the person,thanks for sharing though,i sometimes think there but for the grace of god coud we be [not that i am religous though].

kyricom avatarLevel 13
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Taking Orders at the Food Truck created by kyricom

Serving people getting a late night snack.

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Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L

Because of low light your shutter speed was slow and this has resulted in a blurred image. You could have taken it the other way using ICM and blurred it changing it into an abstract. (INTENTIONAL CAMERA MOVEMENT). It is a pity that the face of the main subject is obscured. I do like the vast amount of 'delicious' colours that you have caught .

MyMindsEye avatarLevel 10
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Stylin' created by MyMindsEye

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Adampleasance avatarLevel 8
Adampleasance

A lovely composition but the shot is very noisy. Were you shooting in manual - if so could you lower the ISO and change the shutter speed and or aperture to compensate.?

Olga.L avatarLevel 17Diamond award
Olga.L

There is a feeling of contentment coming from your post. The client whose face is obstructed by all that hair does show a smile coming through, she is enjoying the moment. The stylist also is in quiet contemplation. The hot spot right behind the stylist can be brought down by going back to your RAW file and pulling down the highlight slider. The photograph is sharp and in good focus. The crop is well thought out, nice and tight showing the essence of the image. The technical elements need some post-processing, consider a dehaze slider or the tone curve tool. As the tonal ranges on this photograph are weak the image looks washed out, flat, and quite grainy as such the image does not look real, but perhaps that was what you were gunning for. Overall I like the closeness one feels when looking at your image for it almost whispers to us!

MyMindsEye avatarLevel 10
MyMindsEye replied to Olga.L :

Thank you for your tips and suggestions.

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Receptacle Refinish created by MyMindsEye

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Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L

This shot is nicely composed with ample negative space around the main subject. As viewers we long to see his face, his expression and this emotional aspect of photography is missing in this shot. This photograph feels 'snappy'....you saw it, you shot it. The tonal quality, that dark against light feels off balance especially in the trunk of the tree and upon closer inspection looks grainy, oversharpened, a deeper tonal contrast in mid tone range would benefit the photograph. You used a great aperture blurring the background nicely and keeping the main subject nice and sharp. Thank you.

MyMindsEye avatarLevel 10
MyMindsEye replied to Olga.L :

Thanks for the critique. Your observations are spot on regarding snap feel. It was indeed a snap............ taken from > 400m. This required some enhancements in post that can be subjective hence, some of the shade/grain issues.
Had not originally intended to use this shot but thought....what the heck!

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