Characters from the agricultural show (people at work)

Discussion in 'Black and White' started by grebeman, Aug 10, 2013.

  1. grebeman

    grebeman Old Codgers Group

    At the controls

    Happy is the man

    Passing on the nearly vanished skills to a new generation

    Pitchforking the sheaves

    Young and old bend their backs to the task

    Controlling the grab

    Opening the grab

    Could this man be out of the pages of a Thomas Hardy novel?

    Behind the wheel of a John Deere

    This team of students and staff? from Bicton Agricultural College have just stripped down and then rebuilt the Ferguson tractor (the iconic little grey Fergie) that they are gathered around

  2. stillshunter

    stillshunter Super Moderator Emeritus

    Nov 5, 2010
    Down Under
    Fantastic series Barrie! There's a very wide range of tones here - is this shot with the DP2M?
  3. rbelyell

    rbelyell All-Pro

    May 14, 2013
    NY Mtns
    wonderful captures, just the kind i like, that convey a sense of time, place and emotion.
  4. grebeman

    grebeman Old Codgers Group

    No Mark, either a G1 with the 45-175mm zoom or a GH2 with the 14-45mm zoom.
  5. stillshunter

    stillshunter Super Moderator Emeritus

    Nov 5, 2010
    Down Under
    Sorry, Barrie, these can't be shot with the G1...not in your signature block :tomato2:
  6. grebeman

    grebeman Old Codgers Group

    It's my secret weapon :biggrin:
  7. pdh

    pdh Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    Barrie - I'm seeing a curious "square block" pattern in the upper part of the background in the first image, about in the same horizontal plane as the crown of the gentleman's hat' I can also see it, though it is less pronounced, in the second image.

    Is it in the original files or only in the uploaded jpegs?

    Or is it invisible to everyone else and therefore an artifact introduced somehow at my end?
  8. Superb series!!!!!!!!!!!
  9. stillshunter

    stillshunter Super Moderator Emeritus

    Nov 5, 2010
    Down Under
    Nah it's just you Paul!...

    ....actually no squares on my end but I do see some very subtle banding (horizontal) now that you mention it. More pronounced (but still not in your face) in the first but (barely) discernible in the second.

    Oh Paul. :shakehead:
  10. pdh

    pdh Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    blimey what have I done wrong now?
  11. pdh

    pdh Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    I reckon you're just snippy 'cause we just bowled you out for 270 when you should have got 350 ...

    anyway, here's a crop of what I see, heavily processed to emphasise the effect

  12. snkenai

    snkenai All-Pro

    Oct 5, 2010
    kenai, AK
    Stephen Noel
    This "farm" series takes me back to my childhood. I love old farm machinery, of all kinds. The PP just adds to the era feel.

    I did not notice any "banding" issues, and I don't care. Photography has always had "flaws", but we still do it, because the memories are fleeting, and must be gotten now, because they will never be the same again.
  13. ajramirez

    ajramirez Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Jul 9, 2010
    Caguas, Puerto Rico
    Fantastic set of shots, Barrie. I see the artifacts as well, but it's just a matter of backing up a bit on the structure (silver efex) or clarity slider.
  14. grebeman

    grebeman Old Codgers Group

    Thanks Antonio, I certainly concede that there are artifacts to be seen in the end results. I'll revisit some of the raw files this evening and see if it's due to an overuse of the detail slider in photo ninja (used to process the original raw file to obtain a tiff) or as you suggest the structure setting in SEP2. I've probably overdone things somewhere in an effort to obtain some detail in the sky which, whilst cloudy was obviously not as dramatic as portrayed in some of the shots.

    I might also print out one or two of the tiffs to see if the artifacts are emphasised by the downsizing for the web.

    Can we call it slightly excessive artistic license, please? :redface:

  15. Echo the thought. Great series and look to your photos.
  16. entropic remnants

    entropic remnants Hall of Famer

    Mar 3, 2013
    John Griggs
    I like the positively metallic look of some of these. Hope you print some large on glossy paper as they are going to look stunning.
  17. grebeman

    grebeman Old Codgers Group

    Thank you John. I guess all photographic images, and indeed art, is a matter of personal interpretation. How close to reality do we really come. Surely some of JWM Turner's great works are artistic interpretations of the scene he saw before him, and whilst they could be argued to distort reality, that does not detract from their impact on us as observers of them.

    As a former engineer I don't really do philosophic interpretation, I always dealt in the reality of a situation, so I won't advance any further ideas :biggrin:

    I have reprocessed some of the images and have posted them for comparison and critique as people see fit.

  18. ivoire

    ivoire All-Pro

    Dec 3, 2011
    chicago burbs
    +1 to that. Excellent series
  19. entropic remnants

    entropic remnants Hall of Famer

    Mar 3, 2013
    John Griggs
    We are all free as artists to advance an image of how we feel about the image, or an attitude or mood we want to convey with it -- and these are in addition to or alternative to the "presentation of reality". Almost all of our photographs start obviously as an observation of reality, but then we as artists are free to make of that what we will.

    I myself am more in the photo-realistic camp, but certain distortions of color and tone certainly are in my "palette" even with that general focus.

    I'm that uncomfortable hybrid: the artist/engineer. I have both natures and they are always arguing. It gets noisy in here sometimes, lol...
  20. grebeman

    grebeman Old Codgers Group