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Craftsman making a dulcimer

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Registered: December 2010
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I had the priviledge of going behind the glass where the dolcimer instruments are made. George, a 30 year dolcimer craftsman allowed me to photograph his work. Thanks to the Dolcimer Shoppe of Mt. View, AR for allowing me this opportunity.
The dolcimer has a long history and is very popular in the Ozark Moutain region of Arkansas. A guitar-like instrument that has 3 to 4 strings is picked while resting on one's lap. During the summer one can visit Mt. View and watch musicians play on the city square.
The narrow DOF was purposely done to zero on the carvings from the chisel. (Looks better on the larger view.)
· Date: Sat March 5, 2011 · Views: 660 ·
Keywords: dolcimer, black white, craftsman
Camera Make / Model: Nikon D700
Lens Make / Focal Length: Nikon 85mm/1.4G @f/1.4
State / County / Area Image Taken: Mt. View, AR
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United States of America
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Registered: December 2009
Posts: 3,733
Sat March 5, 2011 1:19am

You're right Gary that the larger view provides a clearer and strong look of the area of the hands and the carving of the dulcimer. I find it interesting to see just the hands of the artisan and the work those hand are doing... I've always wished that I would have been old enough to have taken pictures of my father at work as a blacksmith but the last time I saw him work I was 8 and photography was not something that I even thought about at the time.


Registered: August 2010
Posts: 1,105
Sat March 5, 2011 1:34am

It is always wonderful to see real craftsmen at work; I really had no idea that the dulcimer was played much anymore other than in Elizabethan music. Really interesting.

Registered: October 2010
Posts: 92
Sat March 5, 2011 1:36am

Looks like a delicate operation with the small curls of wood. B&W was a good choice. The strong contrast make the viewer focus on the important part of the subject.

Registered: August 2009
Posts: 1
Sat March 5, 2011 2:19pm

Great interest, large view looks excellent.
Nice use of DOF to put the focus right where you want it Smile
Well done!

Registered: December 2010
Posts: 1
Sat March 5, 2011 3:56pm

No machine can match the feel of working with the wood.Great capture of a life long craft and passion. 85mm f1.4 di the job perfectly.

Registered: April 2009
Posts: 1,415
Sun March 6, 2011 6:25pm

Works well for me, nice detail shot in Black and white.

Registered: August 2009
Posts: 74
Sun March 6, 2011 7:44pm

Interesting story telling image. I love Dulcimer music!

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