Pamela Liu, PPSA, EFIAP  

vanishing technique of feather duster by Pamela Liu, PPSA, EFIAP

February 2024 - vanishing technique of feather duster

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Date: 3/26/2023

Description: I visited a homemade feather duster workshop and recorded the vanishing technique of the handcraft. The traditional craft of feather duster making in Taiwan, once a cherished art form, is now fading into obscurity. The knowledge and expertise required for this intricate craft are gradually disappearing, leaving behind only remnants of a once vibrant tradition. I used slow motion of speed 1/15 to record the hand movements and feather rotation on purpose.

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5 comments posted

Tom Tauber   Tom Tauber
I like this photograph very much. The feather dusters in the foreground give the image depth and frame the women. The paraphernalia on the tables and the women's concentration on their work show clearly that this is not a setup - far from it. Well done.   Posted: 02/20/2024 12:45:08
Pamela Liu   Pamela Liu
Tom, the place was a privately owned small family-owned factory in the countryside. Very interesting technique and the handmade duster is really good for dusting the keyboard.   Posted: 02/20/2024 20:54:14

Dr. Isaac Vaisman   Dr. Isaac Vaisman
Pamela, agree that this is an interesting image, They both look very involved in creating the feather dusters. I just cropped it since I feel that the right (my right) is overpowering the individuals, and also decreased the brightness as well since they look somewhat overexposed. Image is sharp.   Posted: 02/20/2024 14:10:35
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Pamela Liu   Pamela Liu
Issac, thanks a lot for the cropping, it was a great experience but the spot was not organized.   Posted: 02/20/2024 20:50:06

Susan Albert   Susan Albert
Pam, I find this to be a very interesting photo. I like your decision to blur the hands- capturing the motion of their work and the concentration on their faces really tells a story. I like how they are surrounded by all of the feathers and tucked inside of them, but I find the ceiling to be distracting. So I tried several different crops. Here's my crop- it gets rid of the majority of the ceiling, but I think the grandness of the feathers is less dramatic.   Posted: 02/22/2024 10:25:40
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