Another new season of themes at the Langley Camera Club, and some very interesting subjects coming over the next months; first up is "People at Work". For this theme I returned back to an image I made last summer during our travels here in British Columbia: the town blacksmith at the historical Barkerville site, working the bellows on his fire while heating iron bars that he was forming to horseshoes and other decorative items. At the time I decided that the look I was after via post processing was to counter-balance of the warmth of the orange fire, by cross-processing the shadow areas with a blue, cooler hue. I liked the result, and have lived with it over the past year, but decided to revisit it with a fresh perspective for this submission.
I decided to forgo the cross-processed look, and instead chose to strengthen the shadow areas with a bit harsher contrast, which reflected an edgier look that is closer to what I felt while watching him work. I wanted the background and extraneous items to fall mostly into shadow, with just the odd hint of them to establish some depth, as and well a touch of noise and grain was added back into the image. I think the result is stronger visual representation of my experience watching this artist work his craft.
A reminder of my previous treatment of this image: