Old Tools

I found these old tools at a farmer's market in a small town in Northeastern Bulgaria. I liked the abstract look of the tools laid out for visitors to sear...
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I found these old tools at a farmer's market in a small town in Northeastern Bulgaria. I liked the abstract look of the tools laid out for visitors to search through.
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Jinjii Platinum
Jinjii May 19, 2018
Love this
brianbaitystudio May 19, 2018
thank you Jinjii
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eelcovanroden August 16, 2018
Congratulations on your Challenge Win!
brianbaitystudio August 16, 2018
thank you very much Eelco
raymond759 August 16, 2018
I like both the rust and the tools, mostly wrenches. Well captured.
brianbaitystudio August 16, 2018
thanks much Raymond
dancinfreakshow April 03, 2019
Thank you for joining the rust challenge. Cool shot, I can see it as a puzzle. It is a bit busy (both good and bad point) my eyes kept moving around the piece which made it more difficult to focus on the rust. maybe a touch of saturation could help. Thanks again.
brianbaitystudio April 03, 2019
joining challenges is fun. The "busyness" was intentional. I wanted an abstract image. I do not have the ability or knowledge to manipulate photos so I submit them as I shot them
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Behind The Lens

I shot this photo at a swap meet in Northwestern Bulgaria. This guy had a big pile of old tools that looked like they had been found on roadsides and maybe old barns. People would actually search through them and once in a while buy one even in this condition.
I was at this swap meet looking for antiques and such as gifts to take back home from Bulgaria. I arrived early so I would have a better chance at finding good stuff before it was all sold. This shot was around 10:30 in the morning in the middle of October.
As i said above, this is was shot around 10:30 in the morning on a Fall day, early enough in the morning to give me a good side light to cast shadows which helps add depth to the image. it also brings the lettering out on the tools so the can be read.
A Nikon D810 with the 105mm prime lens was the only part of my kit I had with me on this day. If I carry only one lens I really like have the 105mm because it is quite versatile, giving me macro capabilities as well as great detail on images shot farther away.
I was inspired to shoot this image by the subject matter itself. The tools, with all the patinas, were quite appealing to me and the cluttered, haphazard way they were displayed made a fantastic abstract image. I have always liked abstract images of random subjects repeated in an unorganized way. another example would be a box of chili peppers in various colors of maturity shot at close focus to fill the image
My post processing was mainly setting a crop frame and then moving it around the larger photo to find the strongest image. After that, the only thing changed was to sharpen the edges a bit.
In my camera bag
My kit contains a Nikon D810, which has been my goto setup with a Nikkor 105 mm f2.8 lens. Recently I upgraded my second body to a Nikon D500. I bought this body for it's lowlight capabilities. Normally the Nikkor 16-80mm f2.8-4 lens resides on the D500 and is the setup I carry when I want to travel light. For those special occasions where I need a wide view the Tamron 10-24mm f3.5-4.5 fills the void and a Tamron 150-600mm f5-6.3 helps me reach out long and far for those subjects that don't like us getting close or the animals that might cause severe bodily harm. The Nikon speedlight system works wonders for all my supplemental lighting and I Manfrotto tripod when needed.
For a photo such as this I would recommend keeping the subject tight in the frame, fill every bit of the viewfinder with the tools. Here, I actually shot more tools than are shown on the final presentation. I knew I would be able to crop it to get a strong overall image. The only other thing I would say about capturing something similar is to always be on the lookout for subjects that many people would walk right past. Most people skip right on by a bunch of tools that look like they are past use.

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