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Manual Labor
Manual Labor

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Challenge: Fill Flash II (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-50D
Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
Location: Monkey Bay, Malawi
Date: Oct 5, 2010
Aperture: F/2
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/80 sec
Galleries: Photojournalism, Rural
Date Uploaded: Oct 10, 2010

This is a local seamstress in Monkey Bay, Malawi. There is no electricity, so she operates her sewing machine with her feet. To help get the machine going, she also gives the wheel a spin with her hand.

In this image, she is sewing a shirt for a school uniform. I have other pictures of her cutting the material she will use to make skirts for me and my sister. I can't wait to pick up my skirts in a few days!

You can see more images from my time in Malawi on my blog: //stefaniegiglio.wordpress.com

You can see the article attached to this image here: //stefaniegiglio.wordpress.com/2010/10/19/the-seamstress-of-monkey-bay/

Place: 17 out of 64
Avg (all users): 6.1761
Avg (commenters): 7.6250
Avg (participants): 6.0294
Avg (non-participants): 6.2222
Views since voting: 1166
Views during voting: 335
Votes: 142
Comments: 11
Favorites: 0

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09/05/2011 02:01:56 AM
I like the angle and the shallow DOF. Lighting is spot on.
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10/23/2010 07:04:05 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club :-)

A interesting take on this challenge. The technical aspects of the image is done very well. The shallow DoF is excellent, I like the angle of the image. The empty space to the left doesn't really do anything for the image, might had cropped it out tighter to the edge of the table which would had put the hand and the wheel of the machine off center more like rules of thirds. I had a little problem tying the image to the challenge as fill flash. I didn't hit it hard for that while voting. The image scored well in its own right. Nice job!
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10/18/2010 03:11:07 AM
Had this pegged for a ribbon - gave it a 9 - great shot.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/17/2010 10:58:36 PM
I like Manuel Lábor. Nice guy, always there for me when I need him.
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10/15/2010 09:42:46 PM
Nicely captured. Tells a story.
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10/15/2010 07:54:35 PM
Love the old sewing machine and the bright thread.
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10/15/2010 07:11:20 PM
The DOF in this shot is very nice.
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10/15/2010 05:35:39 AM
Very nice indeed - I like the tones and colours and composition of this one - but (if I'm correct and this is fom somewhere in Asia) I also like to see a picture from the so called third world which doesn't convey grinding poverty and despair - 10
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10/14/2010 08:39:08 PM
Love your DOF on this.
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10/13/2010 07:30:56 AM
Love this!!
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10/11/2010 05:33:33 AM
Meets Challenge 10 Impact 8 Technicals 7 Processing 8 Creativity 7 Total (weighted) 8
Unusual shot for a challenge like this but I think it works. My only niggle is the green material on the left a tighter crop could have got rid of this.
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