Team work by awefaul

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At the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
When these men give their occupation as painters the work would not end up in a gallery but it does not mean that at some stage some gentle precision brush work isn’t required for the finishing touches.
Three exposures using the rail to steady the camera with the Remove Ghosts feature of Photoshop CS5 Merge to HDR Pro to take care of the inevitable movement and other numerous features.

The Magnum Prospects, 13/03/11
HDR Photography, 30/01/11
Metallic Junction, 29/01/11

Top 10 in Working by the sea challenge of People At Work, 01/03/11

Part of the series of workers and ships in the dry-dock
and Figures in an Urban landscape


candid, cape town, people, vadrydock, vawaterfront, urbanpeople, vacradle, vahardhats

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  • photodug
    photodugover 3 years ago

    Great shot!! I know they didn’t, but….can you imagine how long it would take to paint a hull that large with those small brushes!!

  • At the rate I watched them coming around, it probably took them the whole morning to follow the thin white chalk line from the stern to bow. It also requires a crane operator and about five men holding the cradle. They painted the ship in a little more than a week because I saw it when it came in.

    – awefaul

  • SPFisher
    SPFisherover 3 years ago

    this is fantastic!

  • Thank you very much. I am so glad you like it.

    – awefaul

  • stickelsimages
    stickelsimagesover 3 years ago

    Great shotn bru…
    like it a lot!!!!
    What were you standing on?
    Cheers Lee

  • Thanks a lot Lee. There is a fence around the dry-dock and I was standing on street level so to speak. You can see the empty dry-dock over here (I was at the other end for the picture with a telephoto lens, of course)

    – awefaul

  • Evelina Kremsdorf
    Evelina Kremsdorfover 3 years ago

  • Thank you so much!

    – awefaul

  • Philip Johnson
    Philip Johnsonover 3 years ago

  • Thank you very much.

    – awefaul

  • SPFisher
    SPFisherover 3 years ago


  • Snapshooter
    Snapshooterover 3 years ago

  • Too much! Thank you very much!

    – awefaul

  • adriangeronimo
    adriangeronimoover 3 years ago

    Very cool!! i love the perspective, the patterns and specially the colors here, and how i’m able to see that the guy on the left is actually working because there’s a cut off line on the orange part of the paint. they might not have their work displayed in a gallery, but atleast everyone gets to see it on a daily basis :D

  • Thank you. The thin white chalk line was faintly visible in the original. The one guy paint/ retouch on top and the other below.

    – awefaul

  • Ben Loveday
    Ben Lovedayover 2 years ago

    I expect it would be similar to painting a roof- cutting in with the small brushes, but the major work with big rollers and spray guns.

  • Thanks for the comment. Yes but a lot gets lost.

    – awefaul

  • Maree Cardinale
    Maree Cardinaleover 1 year ago

    Beautiful capture.

  • Thank you so much.

    – awefaul

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