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Precision Decision

By EddieAC    
This was my entry in the weekly macro challenge for the theme "Tools".

After going through my toolbox and selecting at least 3 items I settled upon my precision screwdriver set.

I initially produced an image that was focus stacked of several pieces from a ratchet set but this is a single image and the focus was placed on the second scewdriver from the bottom.

They were placed on a sheet of white A4 paper which was set on the bathroom sink and lit from the window.

Tags: Close-up and macro Precision Screw driver

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pablophotographer 10 2.0k 423
17 Aug 2015 1:23AM
Nice idea, well lit. I do like the diagonal arrangement.
I have reservations for several things though.
Mechanics can be a dirty job.
I saw today an Alessandra Sanguinetti's picture of a man working in a Siemens factory, focusing on his grey stained white blouse.
A stained white blouse in Japan is an indication that something is going wrong there. But let's not get carried away with it. Just let that inspire us.
Grey is great, it can appear as of magic in your pic when you turn your picture to black and white; this is my first suggestion. It would cause the gold-ish colour of the metal inside the clear plastic handle of the screwdrivers to appear grey. The grey which we said earlier that resembles to dirt Wink
Positioning is another point of my criticism, they need more fine tuning in the frame. The top screwdriver is too close to the edge of the frame, it could be pulled backwards, to the point where the smooth cylinder of the handle starts. Every screwdriver could arranged so that the black metal part of the screwdriver above it starts from the same point. Another issue is the tilting of the flat edges. they are not all laid in a similar manner, you could tilt the ones coming from the right tilting towards the viewers and the ones coming from the left being totally flat on the paper, or tilt as the ones coming from the right.
p.s. Alessandra Sanguinetti is a Magnum photographer
EddieAC 17 3.4k 2 United Kingdom
17 Aug 2015 5:50PM
Many thanks for your comment Pablo. I nominated it as constructive.

This was just a fun photo as part of a macro challenge but also a reminder to take a bit more time in the setup. Smile. I uploaded a variant for you to see. I also enabled modifications in case you or anybody else wanted to play around with it. Smile

I chose the diagonal placing as that usually works quite well.

I edited it in photoshop and changed the screwdriver where the end was not tilting like the others and this involved duplicating the end from the second one below.

I did a little black & white conversion as you suggested.

I also used the move tool in photoshop to alter the placing of the screwdrivers. I wasn't sure if you meant that the black metal part starting from the same point as diagonally or vertically but I went with the diagonal.

I originally chose to place the larger ones at the back as they could look like a barrier if they were in front. I found this a bit limiting in rearranging the larger one without having to reshoot but I added canvas and cloned in more of the handles for the other screwdrivers.
pablophotographer 10 2.0k 423
17 Aug 2015 10:59PM
thanks; I had thought of arranging them according their black part of the tool to create a diagonal, but as you notice some of the black parts are longer. I have seen you have attempted to place the ends of their plastic cover aligned in thee-part pairs but the last two bottom ones at the right corner were not aligned. It may sound silly how much work it is needed before even you press the shutter. But. ''precision'' makes a winner!

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