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rob kircher

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Coal, Fire, and Steel

After about an hour of trying to come up with something clever to say I give up.

Of all the places in Williamsburg which I like to photograph the Blacksmith has to be my favorite. After all, how can you not like the glow of fire light coming from a 2000 degree forge as it reflects off the dirty gritty faces of the blacksmith.

1D Mark III w/ 17-40L f/4 1/60s, f/4, 35mm, iso 800

Or the sparks as they fly odd the red hot metal stock that's being pounded into something as simple as a nail or as complex as a hoe or shovel or in this case a Bench Dog.

1D Mark III w/ 17-40L f/4 1/60s, f/4, 40mm, iso 800

The blacksmith shop is most definitely the best place to capture interesting images and is a must of stops every time we visit Williamsburg. It never gets old.


  1. Nice! Expecially the first one. Like the balance of the two men. Really love the way the hammer of the background guy is perfectly framed against the white wall. Good stuff, dude!

  2. Thanks Mike. I agree with you on the first one. The second one could have been framed a bit better. They were both processed on my laptop so look for a reprocessed set in a day or two, The first one is a bit soft and could use some sharpening.