Photographers on the Continuers Course had an exciting opportunity to capture a local blacksmith in action. We decided to bring some atmosphere to the shoot by using a single LED photo lamp with a standard reflector. This gave strong shadows and a ‘firelight’ feel to the light. It also had the power necessary for us to use a range of shutter speeds.

As well as freezing the hammer blows to the hot metal we wanted to try some shots with the movement blurred – to suggest the hard physical action of the work. Our friendly blacksmith, Nick Packham, gave a consummate display of heating and shaping the metal. He also demonstrated the dramatic use of the plasma cutter to create his initial shapes.

An exciting project with plenty of creative and technical challenges. Some superb images were produced. Well done!

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Image: session participant Sally Woodbridge