Featured Forum Thread: Brass Casting by Jazzer

Discussion in 'Open Discussion' started by Jazzer, Nov 4, 2014.

  1. Jazzer

    Jazzer TalkEmount Veteran

    Nov 6, 2012
    New York
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    I recently had a business trip to Istanbul and had the good fortune to be able to squeeze in a couple of days for myself after the work was over. One of the places that I visited was a brass workshop -- probably one of the few where they still make things the old fashioned way. Those guys worked hard! It was amazing to watch. One of the guys was picking up hot molds with his bare hands and I could barely stand to touch them. I guess he had just built up a tolerance to the heat over time.

    Anyway, I took a bunch of pictures and this is a sampling. I hope you like them. (Shot with the A6000 with the 16-70 and 35mm/1.8).

    15085893763_1ca0556526_c. DSC02232.jpg by LarryE251, on Flickr

    15519387639_8bcf97e469_c. DSC02393.jpg by LarryE251, on Flickr

    15681532016_5f2c549d36_c. DSC02398.jpg by LarryE251, on Flickr

    15705251425_a845c8f784_c. DSC02256.jpg by LarryE251, on Flickr

    15706833292_6909efe218_c. DSC02248.jpg by LarryE251, on Flickr

    15705251965_3570f29c95_c. DSC02301.jpg by LarryE251, on Flickr

    15085895763_e339098b89_c. DSC02329.jpg by LarryE251, on Flickr

    15705252895_5412e5a33c_c. DSC02346.jpg by LarryE251, on Flickr

    15706835372_33fca87847_c. DSC02386.jpg by LarryE251, on Flickr

    15681533466_1b1b7bfcd5_c. DSC02424.jpg by LarryE251, on Flickr

    15703350821_238fe8541d_c. DSC02432.jpg by LarryE251, on Flickr

    15519861298_ee49074c94_c. DSC02418.jpg by LarryE251, on Flickr

    15520061867_6212df6f99_c. DSC02429.jpg by LarryE251, on Flickr

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  2. WestOkid

    WestOkid TalkEmount All-Pro

    Jan 25, 2014
    New Jersey, USA
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    Very nice set
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  3. SpaceManSpiff

    SpaceManSpiff TalkEmount Top Veteran

    Dec 13, 2013
    Tucson, AZ
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    Way cool--fascinating shots. thanks!
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  4. fractal

    fractal TalkEmount All-Pro

    Jun 17, 2014
    Southeastern PA
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    These pics made me feel like I was there. Awesome job!
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  5. NickCyprus

    NickCyprus Super Moderator

    Oct 11, 2012
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    Very nice atmosphere in these! Really make the viewer think he was there like Chris said :)
    #6 and #12 are amazing :thumbup:
    Also, love the post processing
    Nice work ;)
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  6. davect01

    davect01 Super Moderator

    Aug 20, 2011
    Fountain Hills, AZ
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    Neat. Something most of us will never do.
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  7. southy

    southy TalkEmount Veteran

    Feb 5, 2014
    Really nice set and a fascinating workshop.
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  8. ggibson

    ggibson TalkEmount Regular

    Sep 1, 2011
    Wonderful set. Really like your post-processing.
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  9. Jazzer

    Jazzer TalkEmount Veteran

    Nov 6, 2012
    New York
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    Thanks everyone. It was very interesting. There had been 3 people who worked at this particular workshop and one of them recently passed away. The guy in the last picture is retiring at the end of the year, leaving only the other person to do the work on his own. It's not clear how long he may continue operating the business.

    Nick and ggibson, thanks for the comments about the processing. Actually I suspect there was less than you might think. The environment was very interesting. I underexposed to protect highlights and adjusted white balance in camera to make the images a little warmer. Then I made some typical adjustments to shadows, highlights, etc. in post. I think I actually forgot to process the eighth image, so that is the way it looked out of camera.

    There are some more images mixed in here if you are interested. https://flic.kr/s/aHsk5UUeJV
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  10. Zanner

    Zanner TalkEmount Veteran

    Aug 19, 2013
    Wisconsin, USA
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    phenomenal shots! The first one and the shirtless man with the water are my favorites. I hope to some day have an eye like you do.
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  11. izTheViz

    izTheViz TalkEmount Top Veteran

    May 10, 2013
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    Yannis Marigo
    Agree. Congrats. Love the atmosphere and colors rendering.
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  12. bartjeej

    bartjeej TalkEmount Rookie

    Oct 8, 2014
    wonderful place, great eye, great job getting that look (even if it was close to reality). I'm gonna look for Entropic Remnants (on FujiXSpot and PL) to show him these, I know he'll enjoy them immensely!
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  13. BJW

    BJW TalkEmount Regular

    Sep 30, 2011
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    Beautiful processing! You managed to capture the atmosphere very well.
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  14. Schusskabob

    Schusskabob TalkEmount Regular

    May 14, 2014
    Colorado, USA
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    Boy these are just fabulous!! Hard to pick favorites...like them all.
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  15. tomme

    tomme TalkEmount Regular

    Apr 9, 2014
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    Tom Erik Sivertsen
    Great documentary images! The PP is spot on :)
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  16. DigitalD

    DigitalD TalkEmount Veteran

    Mar 2, 2014
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    David K Fonseca
    These are wonderful. I couldnt help but to look at them all several times. Really nice work!
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  17. Jazzer

    Jazzer TalkEmount Veteran

    Nov 6, 2012
    New York
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    Thanks again to everyone for the kind words. It means a lot coming from the people in this group, who continually post inspiring images.
  18. dosto

    dosto New to TalkEmount

    Nov 11, 2014
    First picture is amazing, really!!! Very good post-processing!

    As someone from Istanbul, I think you did a gread job finding these places... I do not even know where they are located, I thought this brass work does not exist anymore!! :thumbup:

    Congrats, again!

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