The Tree Surgeon
Model Bio : This is Alastair and it was a somewhat serendipitous meeting that resulted in this image. He was working on the same proejct as Fiona and when I started taking photographs of Fiona he volunteered for some too. A man of many talents his primary job is an air freight pilot but as their are strict limits on the number of hours you can fly he fills his time with a variety of other activities such as restoring old Land Rovers and the aforementioned tree surgery.
Location : Cricklade, March 07th 2015
Equipment and settings : Canon 5D Mk III, EF 24-70 L , ISO 400 at F5.6 and 1/160th of a second.
Photography and Post Processing : I decided on a relatively shallow depth of field and focussed on the point where the knife meets the fingers. This means the point of the knife is somewhat soft but I don’t feel this detracts from the overall image. The soft focus approach is consistent with that used on other images and had the knife point been in sharp focus would, I feel, have taken attention from the hands.
The image was cropped, converted to black and white in Photoshop, with the magenta channel boosted to improve contrast. Contrast and brightness were also adjusted to further emphasise and enhance the detail in the fingers. The images was then resized and a border added for use in this blog using the free FastStone image viewing software which has excellent batch processing tools.
Evaluation. Overall I think this image works well to illustrate someone who is confident working with his hands and the many specialist tools he possesses to complete the task in hand.