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Rusty Railing

By Stoorie    
I had just been doing a ships hull inspection, and while I was climbing out the dry dock I spotted this rusty hand rail.

What caught my eye, was the way the corrosion and original paint seemed to blend together and how the corrosion seemed to spread to the concrete. I like the molten looking bolts and wonder what forces nature had sent to cause that.

Feel free to comment and or critique.

Tags: Architecture Specialist and abstract Close-up and macro

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pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2024 United Kingdom
19 Jan 2013 3:56PM
That's a fascinating bit of rust you found, Steve, but I can't throw any light upon the reasons why it has corroded in this way.
Images of rust are popular on this site, and there is even an unofficial Rust Appreciation Society.
I notice that you mentioned sharpness in your portfolio "About" section, but see nothing wrong with the sharpness you have achieved here. Also, the colours and texture are showing well.
This is what I would call an in-between shot. In other words, I would either like to see more of the background surrounding the rail, or less of it. As it is, I feel that the diagonally striped background is distracting, and so I have done a tight square crop in my modification, focusing on the rust and including just a bit of the dark blue in the background. I also slightly adjusted Levels. It becomes more of an abstract-style image, leaving the viewer wondering exactly what it is. Alternatively, using the principle of having more of the background, it should be a lot easier to understand what it is.
Just for fun, I did a second modification where I rotated the image anti-clockwise, and it looks a bit like a faceGrin.

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paulbroad 10 123 1250 United Kingdom
20 Jan 2013 7:44PM
Are you sure you didn't use flash. The colours are very vivid and exceedingly bright. Normal iron oxide, in any of it's variants, is not this colour, I've seen enough. Deep red, brown or near black. There may be other corrosion products present from sea water, magnesium, etc. But I would still expect more subdued colours.

Rather interesting though, but difficult to tell what it is. The colour on the concrete is simply where the rust particals have migrated in water. The extremely rusted nuts may actually be rivet heads.

mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
31 Jan 2013 5:03PM
Hi Steve.It is the steel inside the concrete that actually rusts and it migrates to the surface of the concrete.
I see this quite a lot on my hunt for rust.The colours are quite ''correct'' as it does take on this saturated look.
A fine shot here.

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