October 26, 2011

Bolton Emerson Americas: The Welder

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It seems whenever I think I’ve tapped out photographic opportunities at this facility I find something — or someone — new to photograph.

A couple of weeks ago I was wandering through the shop and I noticed lights flickering in the welding area. It took me by surprise. In the times I’ve shot there, I had never seen activity in the welding area.

Sure, I knew SOMEONE had to weld the knives to these cones, but my timing was bad. My visits were hit or miss and limited to an hour or so early in the morning.

So I approached the welder and asked if I could shoot him while he worked.

“No problem,” he said, “but watch your eyes.”

That turned out to be good advice. The light from the weld point challenged my vision as well as my camera’s light meter. After a few minutes of trial and error, I finally metered off of the welding mask, which appeared to give me the range of light I was looking for.

The whole “welder session” took about 5 minutes. After making my adjustments, I kept shooting until he took a break. A quick review of the LCD and I was pretty sure I had something “blog worthy” then moved on to another part of the shop. It wasn’t until I brought the images into Lightroom, much later that day, that I got a good look at what I captured.

I was very happy.

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  1. Holy hell this is awesome. This might be my favorite shot youve ever taken. Love the light on the mask, the burst from the weld point, and overall mood of the image. Damn fine work.