View Full Version : Assignment #3: Work

01-26-2008, 09:20 AM
I like work: it fascinates me. I can sit and look at it for hours.
- Jerome K. Jerome, Three Men in a Boat

People and machines at work is an important subject in photography, from early American Farm Security Administration projects to contemporary commercial photography and environmental portraits. For this assignment, let's look at the work that goes on around us and document it. As always new photographs are encouraged, although favourite images are welcome if you can also share a few words about what makes it special.

01-26-2008, 09:55 AM
Jupiter, Florida beach restoration (http://www.pbase.com/wmdt131/beach_restoration).
Early in 2007, around March, several storms, with extremely strong northeast winds, began the erosion of this popular beach in SE Florida. In the ensuing months, and through the Hurricane Season, this area suffered many more storms, although, thankfully, no hurricanes.
This beach, at one time, was about 500' from the parking lot to the Atlantic Ocean of beautiful near white sand. As of November '07, the waves were intruding the parking lot.
The beach restoration project began in early December and by the end of December all of these "Tonka Trucks" were gone. Unfortunately, the project failed and while the waves do not intrude the parking lot, the beach itself is only about 10 feet of sand.
Mother Nature won this battle!
More here. (http://www.pbase.com/wmdt131/beach_restoration)

01-29-2008, 09:04 PM
Everyone has to make a buck somehow.

01-30-2008, 03:09 AM

01-30-2008, 06:16 AM
The recent wet weather we've had means that there's not much chance of brush fires for a while, so we have an opportunity for some training. In this drill, the rescuer has to clamp his legs around the rescuee, which can sometimes give rise to uh, jocularity. I liked the contrast here in the expressions of the hoist operators vs. the rescue specialists. Thanks for looking.



02-01-2008, 07:04 AM
I've been stuck indoors all week with man-flu while weird mechanical sounds have filled the air from dawn till dusk. I finally got out today to discover our local roads are being resurfaced.

I was impressed with the technology. Most of the road munching gear falls in the category "I don't know what it does, but I want one.."

However amongst all the fancy stuff resting at the side of the road, you come across a strange green hand cart covered in tar :smile:


02-01-2008, 12:51 PM
Bill, the processing really works with this shot. I love the lines formed by the machinery. But I find myself fascinated with the pickup truck, its colour, and the reflections. It might be too strong a minor subject?

madmax, seeing the two poses side-by-side reminds me of a flip-book, and makes me smile. I like it.

Heron, careful, there may be a coffee cup assignment coming up. (On of my favourite photos is of a very similar cup.) I like the way you've put the large OOF cup in the foreground but kept the focus on the screen and the person working on it. It reminds me of my time working for an IT company.

Rocky, great story, and it's nice to see the emotions of the people involved in an exercise that would terrify me. An unusual and entertaining image.

Pete, you've made that little hand truck look almost sinister. I seriously thought it might be a bomb disposal robot from the thumbnail, and the full sized image doesn't make it look any less serious. I love the image name, too.

02-01-2008, 12:53 PM
I have a really hard time shooting in public, especially where it's crowded or I'm trying to photograph people. Here are a couple from a snow storm today:

a letter-carrier going to his route:

calling to see if the next appointment is still on:

02-06-2008, 12:35 PM

Jup. It's my work camera.. :(

Need a flash, the paper's only got Canon gear, and my own flash is broken.. My wrist does not feel well, who the bloody h*ll made the grip of the 350D?! :wall:

02-07-2008, 11:39 PM
Pulling out the Big Guns ...
Been snowing alot here in NE Oregon .. so i guess they had to pull out the big plows .. not the normal ones you see on the roads ..



Tony Finnerty
02-08-2008, 02:12 AM
I'm right on top of things, as usual, and just found this Assignment. This photo may be late but there is not a new assignment yet, so here goes:


I photographed construction of Nevada City Cohousing, where I now live, for two years with my E-1. This photo of a roofer working on top of our garages was taken near the end of construction, two years ago.

02-08-2008, 02:23 AM
A simple man powered machine.:naughty:

Ed Burke
02-09-2008, 06:37 AM
I switched to the 4/3 system in late 2006, with a purchase of an Olympus E-500, upgrading from a highly personalized C-4040. Having shot film with a Canon AV-1 for the better part of 22 years, it was much more comfortable in my hands. Although a great camera, it still felt a bit "light" to me, and I wanted something with a bit more bulk. In December, I purchased an E-3, and convinced my wife to get an 18-180 lens as a Christmas gift to me.

I have been shooting fire scenes since 1981, and it is the primary focus of my photography efforts. In my opinion, they can be some of the most challenging scenes to capture, and the images can be quite spectacular. I spent January 3-6 in Detroit, and saw more fire in a three night period than I did all of last year. This image was taken just after midnight on January 4th, and shows fire companies stretching handlines on a fire in two vacant dwellings, rapidly spreading toward an occupied dwelling.

Although many may consider this a photojournalistic image, the fact remains that this is what the men and women of the fire service have chosen to do as work, and in this day and age where fire prevention efforts and construction codes have resulted in fewer fires, Detroit is still seeing a workload that could be compared to New York City in the 70's or Boston during the arson epidemic of 1982. These guys are doing the job, and doing it well.

Pic info: Olympus E-3, 18.0mm focal length, ISO 800, f4.5, 1/30 sec, compulsory flash firing

02-09-2008, 07:32 AM
Well here it is,
as part of my photo-journalistic experience, i ask the fire department if they could give me a call every time they go out for anything. After debating for a long time, they finally agreed. Now here a few of my best.

Tell me what you think...

1: focus was vary hard to obtain cause of smoke, but i still find this image to be dramatic.

2: Chief of fire department.

3: well heres was a machine and firefighters are working around it to try and save other things. Unfortunately everything is totally destroyed.

4: i find this image interesting cause it looks like this guy is fighting the fire by him self.

5: the fire was way out of control, so they had truck loads of snow dumped close enough then a big snow blower just did the rest. Doesn't look like it in the picture, but they did gain back control of the fire using this technique.

Im showing these cause i plan to create a montage "probably a mosaic" with all the best images to give to fire department and since it fits the theme i tough "why not". For more on these fires, visit my Smugmug at http://milesimages.smugmug.com (http://milesimages.smugmug.com/).

Have a good day

02-09-2008, 11:27 AM
Great shots both you guys .. and i like the idea of useing the snow blower to help with the fire .. :D .. Im sure that realy helped and hey why not .. it is water .. :smile:
I know that will sure help around here .. we have plenty of snow to help put out fires .. lol


02-10-2008, 08:52 AM
There are many great shots in this thread. Good job everyone!
My humble contribution: The work is done.



02-10-2008, 10:03 AM
Being a carpenter I'm always looking for photos of the construction business
when I'm in different parts of the world.

I came across this one walking through the hutongs in Beijing

02-23-2008, 07:17 AM
another one
(am I allowed to post more than one?)



02-24-2008, 09:16 PM
I love the John Deere shot! Very vivid colors.

I like the firemen scenes. I would also like to shoot them sometime.

Lots of hard work with the firewood! I've used up all of ours that was stacked up on the back porch. Hubby's not here, so I'll have to do it myself now.:(
I finally had a few moments to work on a few things. I'm going to jump in and add some of my favorite creative shots of my husband hard at work.:smile:


1. Dumping dirt. http://scenicphotos4u.smugmug.com/photos/258494369_eQm7W-O.jpg (http://scenicphotos4u.smugmug.com/photos/258486877_BKMVc-O.jpg)
2. Jacking up dump trailer. http://scenicphotos4u.smugmug.com/photos/258494396_gjWLK-O.jpg (http://scenicphotos4u.smugmug.com/photos/258487130_ViEec-O.jpg)
3. Removing 3rd axle from dump trailer. http://scenicphotos4u.smugmug.com/photos/258494478_qtETS-O.jpg (http://scenicphotos4u.smugmug.com/photos/258487327_fCLpr-O.jpg)
4. Uhh, using a mantool. http://scenicphotos4u.smugmug.com/photos/258494560_emhFo-O.jpg (http://scenicphotos4u.smugmug.com/photos/258486106_eNzLU-O.jpg)
5. Tossing log on property. http://scenicphotos4u.smugmug.com/photos/258494671_8Lqq6-O.jpg (http://scenicphotos4u.smugmug.com/photos/258486288_4288D-O.jpg)
6. Gotta rest! http://scenicphotos4u.smugmug.com/photos/258494710_LA78p-O.jpg (http://scenicphotos4u.smugmug.com/photos/258486541_n8Grs-O.jpg)
7. Truckers fueling up. http://scenicphotos4u.smugmug.com/photos/258494770_kbsAp-O.jpg (http://scenicphotos4u.smugmug.com/photos/258486668_giNRT-O.jpg)

03-09-2008, 06:05 AM
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2060/2316013747_dac0c7caa0_t.jpg (http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2060/2316013747_dac0c7caa0_b.jpg)

03-29-2008, 04:07 PM
A Co-Worker....getting the days routes together..

04-01-2008, 11:39 AM
A Cornish Tradesman

04-07-2008, 06:44 PM
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2287/2230215216_730ae28463.jpg (http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2287/2230215216_730ae28463_b.jpg)