Posted on Jun.21, 2011, under Greenfield Village

(Nikon D700, 105mm, ISO 200, Exposure 1/30 sec @ f/3.0)

I have this thing for anything old, mechanical or metal. When I was at Greenfield Village this past weekend for their annual Motor Muster, I had the pleasure of seeing many things which fit that description. One of the coolest places in the museum (in my opinion) is the Armington & Sims machine shop. The shop has a great collection of original machine shop tools and is actually a functioning job shop for items needed at the museum. I was using a Nikon 105mm Macro lens that I had rented from LensPro To Go and I made a pass through the shop to see if I could get some interesting images. One of my favorites from this trip is this shot of some tool which had a great collection of gears. I didn’t have my tripod with me that day, but if I did I would have taken some brackets for an HDR image. The shop is too dark to take handheld exposures.

Processing of the image involved using a square crop to focus more on the machine itself. I didn’t like the really bright area at the top of the original image and I liked the combination of the curved gears inside of the square frame. The remainder of processing was done in Silver Efex Pro2 where I tried to bring out the detail in the metal.

Copyright © 2011 James W. Howe – All rights reserved.

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