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February 16, 2012


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Love it when you see those guys wheeling those huge metal cauldrons on their side down the alleys.


David. I love SkyBlueSky and have followed your blog religiously. I have to say, The Blacksmiths of Maras is one of the most outstanding posts you've done. Your photography inspires me. Thanks from Seattle!


Benjamin - Would liked to have seen that. I saw a couple of craftsmen fabricating cauldrons that were 4-5 ft across. Amazing.

Thanks so much,Ivan! It was a quick visit to Maras, but I've earmarked it for a visit at some point in the future. I think there is much to explore in better weather (it rained/snowed for the duration of our stay).


Simply great! Thank you.


Thanks, Mart! Glad you liked it.

Frederick A. Reddy, II


These photos are amazing. I'm wondering, were they only shot with available light? The quality of the light is really seductive.


Thanks, Fredrick! Yes, all available light. In a sense the rain/snow helped otherwise I would have gotten a bit more contrast at the doorways to the various workshops. Most were shot at iso 320-400 at around f3.2. The 35mm f1.4 does well in these situations.

Thyme (Sarah)

I too loved the low lit situation you were in. I am amazed your ISO was so low! Watching craftsmen go about their daily activities helps them to see how special they are and how prized their craft is to society.


Sarah, there certainly was a 'quiet pride' among the craftsmen. It was amazing to watch them work. Brute force and sublety in one.

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