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The mad axeman cometh

Posted by
CElliottUK (Reading, United Kingdom) on 14 October 2012 in Landscape & Rural.

A log splitting competition.
After splitting the log, all the parts had to go through the red hole in the green wall.

Canon EOS-1D X 1/8000 second F/5.6 ISO 3200 70 mm

Luke from Spokane Washington, United States

He looks anxious, not mad.

14 Oct 2012 5:19am

Richard from Ellemford, United Kingdom

That's entertainment! Looks more of concern than joy though

14 Oct 2012 6:54am

Ainsley from Derbyshire, United Kingdom

Hack and slash on a quick fire bass, my kind of game!

14 Oct 2012 6:55am

Doug from Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom

This is one Brit country sport I've never seen before. It brought the Floyd track "careful with that axe Eugene" to mind. Interesting shot Chris

14 Oct 2012 6:56am

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

Hmmm - nothing better than watching someone else hard at work:)

14 Oct 2012 6:57am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Aahh such skills lad, he would have been easily employed many years ago when we all had coal fires as the woodman selling sticks to start the flames - or as an executioner in even earlier times :-)

14 Oct 2012 7:13am

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

Un exercice tonique ! Je te souhaite un agréable dimanche

14 Oct 2012 7:15am

David from Avranches, France

Great action shot. This work takes me back.

14 Oct 2012 7:28am

gerard1948 from Santiago de Compostela, Spain

It is alone to work, and everyone looks laughing :-) A very good focused picture, I love.
Good Sunday.

14 Oct 2012 7:39am

Christine from Ellemford, United Kingdom

Love how you caught the bouncing log, we have a few he could practice on !

14 Oct 2012 7:43am

@Christine: It did seem to me that this competition was very clever...Not only did the organiser get a whole forest of trees(Exaggeration) chopped up, but he was selling the results to the country folk in the crowd. Bright lad, free labour, and great advertising,marketing and selling!!

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Could do with him at our place ............

14 Oct 2012 8:00am

ursulakatariina from Leixlip, Ireland

Great timing.

14 Oct 2012 8:09am

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

That's a familiar work. Fine timing.

14 Oct 2012 8:28am

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

The magical moment ...! The wood suspended in space ... Interesting story image ... I Like... Best regards, Adela

14 Oct 2012 8:29am

Göran from Skanör, Sweden

Like all the others above, I am impressed of your timing.

14 Oct 2012 8:38am

J.R. from Urasoe City, Japan

Did he toss it in or walk it over?

14 Oct 2012 9:00am

franz from Baden, Austria

here, the bridegroom has to do this after the wedding ... a nice way to ensure enough firewood for the next days ...

14 Oct 2012 9:27am

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Un coucoours de fendage de bois superbe scène colorée animée génial.

14 Oct 2012 9:55am

Emma G from Canberra, Australia

fantastic clear action shot (as always)...interesting that the competitor is not wearing any eye protection ;)

14 Oct 2012 11:09am

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

Stand there and watch your firewood being chopped ... and maybe even grab a few shots at the same time. ;D
Great action shot, Chris!

14 Oct 2012 12:29pm

Othersideblue from Kerman, Iran

A sight rarely seen nowadays. Lovely capture of the scene and colors.

14 Oct 2012 12:49pm

Othersideblue from Kerman, Iran

Btw. Thanks for the title ;-)

14 Oct 2012 1:55pm

@Othersideblue: I'm always a bit aware that sometimes I use funny language, I wouldn't want you to think that it's always "Normal"..."Cometh" is a very old fashioned variation of "Comes", and IS right when you are trying to emphasise something from a time long ago " The disciples of Jesus cometh", "The knight in shining armour cometh", but would be totally wrong for "My sister cometh"-unless somehow there was some kind of joke about you think she is very old-fashioned, or very old in years...

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

nicely done Chris.

14 Oct 2012 4:07pm

SalSa from Tehran, Iran

It is Interesting! In England very funny Competitions is held .

14 Oct 2012 5:44pm

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Great capture of this moment with beautiful colors !

14 Oct 2012 6:21pm

The Mouse from Glasgow, United Kingdom

Looks like nice hardwood for burning.

14 Oct 2012 7:06pm

Baldwin from Venezuela

He seem to be tired ... Great shot of this interesting competition !!!

14 Oct 2012 9:15pm

Mooie from Vancouver, Canada

Tough competition! Is part of it getting the pieces through the hole within a time limit?

14 Oct 2012 11:51pm

@Mooie: Each team of 3 people had 5 "Rounds" of wood(New word for me, a round of wood is a section of the trunk, around 2 feet by 1 ft) One team member would chop his round, the next person would get a round from his stack, do the same. This continued until all 5 rounds had been chopped. Only one person was allowed in the arena at once(The guy with the flat cap,leaning on the green wall had just finished doing his round), when all 5 rounds had been chopped,all 3 posted the remnants through the red hole. The time was taken for the whole process. Then the next team would start. It took around 15 minutes for each team to complete...I didn't watch the whole competition.

Jeff from Honolulu, United States

Interesting subject for this photo. As mentioned above, this guy looks like he is getting tired.

15 Oct 2012 12:22am

@Jeff: he was on his last legs, this was taken just before the end of his "Shift", and he was all out

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

You really hit the spot with your timing of this shot, Chris. I'm glad you explain the enigma of the red hole and green wall.

15 Oct 2012 10:54am

Canon EOS-1D X
1/8000 second
ISO 3200
70 mm