Mini Challenge #216 - Worker(s) in action

puzzledpaulpuzzledpaul low down bumPosts: 1,620Registered Users Major grins
edited November 11, 2015 in The Dgrin Challenges
Mini Challenge #216 - Worker(s) in action.

Something similar has probably been set before, but I didn't check and wanted to get things on the move asap.

I'm probably more interested in pix of (individual) people doing 'practical' jobs within the utility services or similar, rather than some pen pusher /keybd operator in a call centre.

Dramatic, moodily lit etc shots of an individual, going about their daily grind (possibly literally in the instance of a road worker using a petrol powered cutter?) - or similar - is more likely to get my attention than an overhead shot of a group of bods doing stuff on a large scale construction site.

That's why the 's' after worker has been added as an afterthought. Shots of large scale operations will have to be particularly good /well lit for this'un ...

Pics of people who are - imo - the unsung heros in the utility fields will get extra attention ... sewerage / water workers / refuse collectors / infrastructure repair people ... ie the people who's job it is to keep the 'basics' working ...whatever the weather.

Am not discounting / eliminating the usual emergency services personnel ... but they tend to be more frequent subjects in this type of topic, imo.


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Comments

  • CavalierCavalier Life is a Bokeh Foresthill, CaliforniaPosts: 1,952Registered Users Major grins
    edited October 28, 2015
    Paul - great idea and challenge. Here are mine.

    Edit - I replaced the original first image with a new one based on your comment re planning/thinking.

    1) Mariposa County Fair set up two days before opening - washing the tents. This guy was on top of the tents giving them a scrub for the upcoming event.

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    2) Base Camp for the American Wildfire (2012 - Foresthill, Ca) - Self-contained truck wash station and worker. Outgoing Cal Fire engines returning to the front lines of the fire go through to remove debris from the previous shift. The sprinklers on the ground help remove debris from underside of vehicle.

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    3) Calstar Air Ambulance Pilot and Trauma Nurses - training session with American River Rangers/Tahoe National Forest Fire crews.

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  • grandmaRgrandmaR Major grins Southern Maryland Posts: 1,685Registered Users Major grins
    edited October 30, 2015
    Redoing my entry to be more 'utility worker working oriented. This is a workman up on TOP of the St. Louis Arch - they came up while we were there and took up some floor panels and went down the ladder - what they were doing, I don't know, but he was consulting blue prints.

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    These guys are well diggers in our yard - installing wells for the geothermal furnace.

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    Here are construction workers in Costa Rica displaying an unusual sense of urgency - here they aren't just standing leaning on a shovel - they are running along the edges of the highway.

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    “"..an adventure is an inconvenience rightly considered." G.K. Chesterton”
  • ThelensspotThelensspot Mentally grainy! Posts: 2,041Registered Users Major grins
    edited October 30, 2015
    Paul, what a great idea. Here are a few of mine.
    If you venture into Colonial Williamsburg before 9 AM, you will find it to be overrun with workers preparing for the coming day. The streets will have uncharacteristically modern vehicles and lots of folks just trying to get things done before the tourists hit the sidewalks. I love to be here during this part of the day! They just do their work and try not to be conspicuous. At 9 AM, as if they are going to turn into "pumpkins" (pardon the seasonal pun), they disappear and it is as if they were never there at all.

    1. Cleaning the fall leaves off Duke of Gloucester Street.

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    2. Performing the "necessary maintenance".

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    3. Unaccustomed to being noticed.

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    "Photography is partly art and partly science. Really good photography adds discipline, sacrifice and a never ending pursuit of photographic excellence"...ziggy53

  • sdways01sdways01 Major grins Posts: 151Registered Users Major grins
    edited October 30, 2015
    Here are my entries:

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    Heavy equipment mechanic

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    Window washer

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    Radio tower workers
    http://www.adamclarkmedia.com

    "If you saw a man drowning and you could either save him or photograph the event...what kind of film would you use?" - Anonymous
  • puzzledpaulpuzzledpaul low down bum Posts: 1,620Registered Users Major grins
    edited October 30, 2015
    grandmaR wrote: »
    Not sure whether Police qualify as 'utility' but I am going to enter three different police photos from three different countries over a span of time.

    Am not discounting the boys n girls in blue, as they fit into this category (as mentioned in the first post) ... just hoping for other ... less 'obvious' / high profile ? personnel.

    // Am not discounting / eliminating the usual emergency services personnel ... but they tend to be more frequent subjects in this type of topic, imo //

    To all ...note the theme mentions 'in action' ... not planning / thinking about engaging in it :)

    pp
  • grandmaRgrandmaR Major grins Southern Maryland Posts: 1,685Registered Users Major grins
    edited October 30, 2015
    I love the photos of the workers in Williamsburg. And I have scrapped my policeman and entered more hard-hatted people. I wish I had a better photo of the construction workers in Costa Rica working on the cliffs over the road. They are so far away that you can only see their tiny figures cantilevered over the road.

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    “"..an adventure is an inconvenience rightly considered." G.K. Chesterton”
  • ThelensspotThelensspot Mentally grainy! Posts: 2,041Registered Users Major grins
    edited October 31, 2015
    grandmaR wrote: »
    I love the photos of the workers in Williamsburg...


    Thank you grandmaR.
    "Photography is partly art and partly science. Really good photography adds discipline, sacrifice and a never ending pursuit of photographic excellence"...ziggy53

  • JeroenJeroen Woof Posts: 447Registered Users Major grins
    edited November 2, 2015
    Guy cutting sunbeams.

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  • travelwaystravelways Candid Grinner Ottawa, CanadaPosts: 7,854Registered Users Major grins
    edited November 2, 2015
    My contribution:

    1. Hard at work on her father's shoes :)

    Hard at workPosted: Apr 28, 2012This is the same Caribbean girl a few seconds before the other photo was taken, when she hadn't noticed me yet.When she saw me, I asked her in my poor Spanish if she was fixing her father's shoes.Straight from the camera  Bocas Del Toro, Panama

    2. The tailor



    3. The quilt maker

    Sherbrooke pioneer village Nova Scotia, Canada
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  • roaddog52roaddog52 Major grins In the sticks, NE of SeattlePosts: 1,102Registered Users Major grins
    edited November 2, 2015
    I'd like to contribute, but please don't use for judging.

    Hoisting 65,000 Lb. steel transfer truss

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    Positioning transfer truss

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    Welding new structural steel column, for high rise building.

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    Phil
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  • GSPePGSPeP Major grins Steendorp, BelgiumPosts: 2,801Registered Users Major grins
    edited November 3, 2015
    1. Digging a hole

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    2. Making a street

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    3. Installing an oven

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  • grandmaRgrandmaR Major grins Southern Maryland Posts: 1,685Registered Users Major grins
    edited November 3, 2015
    Peter - That's a BIG oven
    “"..an adventure is an inconvenience rightly considered." G.K. Chesterton”
  • ThelensspotThelensspot Mentally grainy! Posts: 2,041Registered Users Major grins
    edited November 3, 2015
    Jeroen wrote: »
    Guy cutting sunbeams.

    Jeroen, awesome shot! bowdown.gif
    "Photography is partly art and partly science. Really good photography adds discipline, sacrifice and a never ending pursuit of photographic excellence"...ziggy53

  • CavalierCavalier Life is a Bokeh Foresthill, CaliforniaPosts: 1,952Registered Users Major grins
    edited November 3, 2015
  • GSPePGSPeP Major grins Steendorp, BelgiumPosts: 2,801Registered Users Major grins
    edited November 4, 2015
    grandmaR wrote: »
    Peter - That's a BIG oven

    Yes, it's for a bakery. Weighs 5 tons (11000 lbs)
  • pegellipegelli Major grins BelgiumPosts: 4,601Registered Users Major grins
    edited November 6, 2015
    New member and first time participant. Here's some "workers in action" I shot this year

    1: Painting high up
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    NEX6 + Minolta MC Rokkor 58/1.4

    2: In the oven
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    NEX6 + Voigtlander Nokton 35/1.2 II

    3: The happy train driver
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    NEX6 + Minolta MD Rokkor-X 45/2
    Pieter, aka pegelli
    My SmugMug
  • puzzledpaulpuzzledpaul low down bum Posts: 1,620Registered Users Major grins
    edited November 6, 2015
    3 days remaining, folks.

    pp
  • Eldon SheaEldon Shea Major grins Posts: 145Registered Users Major grins
    edited November 8, 2015
    Another new guy here.

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    Bryan
  • puzzledpaulpuzzledpaul low down bum Posts: 1,620Registered Users Major grins
    edited November 8, 2015
    Good to see some new names around ...

    A tad over 24 hrs left.

    pp
  • puzzledpaulpuzzledpaul low down bum Posts: 1,620Registered Users Major grins
    edited November 9, 2015
    That's it - closed.

    Results as n when

    pp
  • JeroenJeroen Woof Posts: 447Registered Users Major grins
    edited November 11, 2015
    Thanks for all the nice replies and the win and the feedback :)

    I took this photo on my way to work. The guy was allready cutting when I noticed him and the great light.

    I only had the blink of an eye to open my messenger bag, open the camera bag inside, get the SLR out, removed the cap, kneel, check my settings and take the shot. I got 1 good shot of this scene before it was over and this is it.

    I've put up a new challenge, I hope you'll enjoy :)
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