Monday, December 12, 2011

Underbelly No.2



PHOTOGRAPHER'S JOURNAL: However, after the extruder has been running for awhile, the beast's belly is a bit of a greasy sauna, and when the mandrel is extended, and the die hanger (here Spike) swabs it down, the extended mandrel smokes.



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4 comments:

Tim said...

I can't quite put my finger on it; but there's something the picture that pulls me - perhaps something to do with its clarity and contrast.

Ted Roth said...

That's what I hope for. Thank you. I did spend time in Photoshop to balance the tonalities of the face with the other tonalities, and I selected from among many shots taken from this perspective. In some of them the smoke was too thick. In others it was too thin. Sometimes his face was blocked by his body, and I wanted the viewer to be able to see his glove and the rag near the end of the mandrel. This one had it all right and in the right places. I particularly liked that there was smoke catching the light at the end of the mandrel. It even swirls around as if it was a finger drawing us in. Such details are serendipitous.

Trotter said...

Someone is going to get burned...

Ted Roth said...

Nah, just a bit steamy.