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Sometimes compromises have to be made between how something looks and how it works, well not in this case. This corkscrew is not only a superb tool, it has beautiful form too. I hope I have been able to bring that out in this shot.

Laid on a black backcloth, lit from above with a halogen anglepoise and the shadows deliberately kept low.

This is one of those rare occasions when I was perfectly happy with the shot straight from the camera, not even the white balance or curves have been tweaked.

I hope you like it but, if you don't, feel free to point out its' flaws, all advice and critique welcome as ever.

Ian

Camera:Nikon D70 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:Nikkor 60mm macro Check out Nikon Nation!
Recording media:200iso
Title:Form and Function
Username:digicammad digicammad
Uploaded:5 Jul 2005 - 8:23 AM
Tags:Close-up / macro
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rhion
rhion  1035 forum posts United Kingdom
5 Jul 2005 - 8:38 AM

Seriously good photograph this Ian. Simple but very effective (like the corkscrew come to think of it!)
Vision and technique outstanding - deserves to do very well on the old "clickometer"
Excellent stuff.
Richard

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steve_kershaw

very nice, and a fine corkscrew if i say so myself

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Ghostrider
5 Jul 2005 - 8:40 AM

A stunning shot Ian the highlights over the sweeping design curves really bring it to life IMO.

Ghostrider :0)

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AnneMB
AnneMB  9
5 Jul 2005 - 8:41 AM

Great shot - it works really well.

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AldenCR
AldenCR  9 United Kingdom
5 Jul 2005 - 8:41 AM

I believe this to be one of the best still life and abstract I have seen since joining this mag, and straight from the camera.
GREAT SHOT.

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joan duckett
5 Jul 2005 - 8:46 AM

Superb shot. click

Joan

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geoffash26
geoffash26  102506 forum posts United Kingdom
5 Jul 2005 - 9:02 AM

Corking shot Ian
Geoff

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digicammad
digicammad  1121988 forum posts United Kingdom37 Constructive Critique Points
5 Jul 2005 - 9:34 AM

Thanks very much everybody and an HC too (cheers Pete)! When I put this up I thought I bet nobody else likes it. :0)

Ian

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U4eA
U4eA  10475 forum posts England
5 Jul 2005 - 9:51 AM

From the thumbnail I was expecting a stylised female portrait, this was quite a surprise! Nicely conceived and shot, the lighting is wonderful.

(\/)

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Skatershrew
5 Jul 2005 - 10:07 AM

Brilliant shot, just love the colours and shapes. You have certainly brought out something in this corkscrew. Once again superb work and a well deserved HC, well done!

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dwjones
dwjones  10232 forum posts United Kingdom
5 Jul 2005 - 11:08 AM

Lighting and what the tool is/does makes this an excellent shot.

:Click:

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KathyW
KathyW  111793 forum posts Norfolk Island12 Constructive Critique Points
5 Jul 2005 - 11:47 AM

I love the smoothness of it.

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digicammad
digicammad  1121988 forum posts United Kingdom37 Constructive Critique Points
5 Jul 2005 - 12:18 PM

Thanks again all.

Lord Nikon, if you were expecting a naked woman and weren't disappointed then that is a compliment indeed! :0)

Ian

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old timer  1055 forum posts Scotland1 Constructive Critique Points
5 Jul 2005 - 12:31 PM

An excellent abstract graphic shot, Ian.
Jim

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Paulbee
Paulbee e2 Member 1035 forum postsPaulbee vcard United Kingdom
5 Jul 2005 - 1:01 PM

A technically supeb shot. Well worth the HC.

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AngelaD
AngelaD  92861 forum posts Wales
5 Jul 2005 - 1:02 PM

Beautiful shot, almost insect-like in form.

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digicammad
digicammad  1121988 forum posts United Kingdom37 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jul 2005 - 12:20 AM

Thanks Jim, Paul and Angela

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ardbeg77  101214 forum posts Sao Tome and Principe6 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jul 2005 - 2:42 AM

Congratulations on the HC Ian. The lighting on this is superb, and very well composed too.
Steve

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digicammad
digicammad  1121988 forum posts United Kingdom37 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jul 2005 - 5:21 AM

Thanks Steve.

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conrad
conrad  1010874 forum posts116 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jul 2005 - 6:11 AM

Very strong image, I can imagine Pete wanting to give this an HC. Well done!

Conrad

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digicammad
digicammad  1121988 forum posts United Kingdom37 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jul 2005 - 7:21 AM

Cheers Conrad

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Pete
Pete Site Moderator 1318443 forum postsPete vcard ePz Advertiser England96 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jul 2005 - 9:26 AM

Sorry for delay Ian. I love the shapes and the way you've emphasised the edges to a subject that most wouldn't even consider photographing. You've made it look really sexy. The highlights, however, are too bright and lack detail, which lost it points.

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digicammad
digicammad  1121988 forum posts United Kingdom37 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jul 2005 - 9:33 AM

Thanks for the explanation Pete, much appreciated. Must admit I was struggling with the highlights, although as to detail it's a totally smooth satin surface so a bit limited.

Cheers

Ian

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User_Removed
7 Jul 2005 - 1:28 PM

Only thing I would say is that your background is slightly visible in the larger version, but that really is just nitpicking... It's a cracking shot, and reminds me almost of some car shots - great lighting and emphasis on the smooth curves.

Nice work, lovely lighting. Job done.

Cheers,
JB
;o)

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foxybrown
foxybrown  9368 forum posts
10 Jul 2005 - 3:14 PM

impossible to work out what it is without the description. beautiful shot, great exposure & lighting.

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digicammad
digicammad  1121988 forum posts United Kingdom37 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jul 2005 - 12:08 AM

Cheers James and Fox. James you have better eyes than me (or a far more expensive monitor), I can't see anything. :0)

Thanks for the comments.

Ian

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thewaiter
thewaiter  121177 forum posts England9 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jul 2005 - 4:50 AM

nice lighting, effective subject material.....

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digicammad
digicammad  1121988 forum posts United Kingdom37 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jul 2005 - 4:54 AM

Cheers

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paulcr  91536 forum posts Ireland9 Constructive Critique Points
2 Aug 2005 - 4:58 AM

Hii Ian, beautiful clarity and detail. Excellent abstract/macro. Paul

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digicammad
digicammad  1121988 forum posts United Kingdom37 Constructive Critique Points
2 Aug 2005 - 5:02 AM

Cheers Paul

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lisaroberts
3 Aug 2005 - 5:43 AM

Not a big fan of still life but this has an exceptional quality to it - makes me want to touch it, (stroke it, lick it.......LOL!)
Lisa

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digicammad
digicammad  1121988 forum posts United Kingdom37 Constructive Critique Points
3 Aug 2005 - 5:45 AM

lol, you'll just have to buy one of your own. Thanks for number 30.

Ian

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ChunkyButFunky
11 Aug 2005 - 10:07 AM

This. Is. Perfect.

Lisa

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digicammad  1121988 forum posts United Kingdom37 Constructive Critique Points
11 Aug 2005 - 11:27 PM

Thanks very much Lisa

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