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Form and Function

By digicammad  
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.


Tags: Close-up and macro

Voters: lisaroberts, paulcr, answersonapostcard and 28 more

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rhion 13 35 United Kingdom
5 Jul 2005 8:38AM
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.

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steve_kershaw 11 2.3k 4 United Kingdom
5 Jul 2005 8:38AM
very nice, and a fine corkscrew if i say so myself
Ghostrider 11 54 United Kingdom
5 Jul 2005 8:40AM
A stunning shot Ian the highlights over the sweeping design curves really bring it to life IMO.

Ghostrider :0)
AnneMB 11
5 Jul 2005 8:41AM
Great shot - it works really well.
AldenCR 11 5 United Kingdom
5 Jul 2005 8:41AM
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.
5 Jul 2005 8:46AM
Superb shot. click

geoffash26 12 2.5k United Kingdom
5 Jul 2005 9:02AM
Corking shot Ian
digicammad 13 22.0k 39 United Kingdom
5 Jul 2005 9:34AM
Thanks very much everybody and an HC too (cheers Pete)! When I put this up I thought I bet nobody else likes it. :0)

U4eA 12 475 England
5 Jul 2005 9:51AM
From the thumbnail I was expecting a stylised female portrait, this was quite a surprise! Nicely conceived and shot, the lighting is wonderful.

Skatershrew 11 52 1 England
5 Jul 2005 10:07AM
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!
dwjones 12 232 United Kingdom
5 Jul 2005 11:08AM
Lighting and what the tool is/does makes this an excellent shot.

KathyW 13 1.8k 12 Norfolk Island
5 Jul 2005 11:47AM
I love the smoothness of it.
digicammad 13 22.0k 39 United Kingdom
5 Jul 2005 12:18PM
Thanks again all.

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

old timer 12 55 1 Scotland
5 Jul 2005 12:31PM
An excellent abstract graphic shot, Ian.
Paulbee Plus
12 41 United Kingdom
5 Jul 2005 1:01PM
A technically supeb shot. Well worth the HC.
AngelaD 11 2.9k Wales
5 Jul 2005 1:02PM
Beautiful shot, almost insect-like in form.
digicammad 13 22.0k 39 United Kingdom
6 Jul 2005 12:20AM
Thanks Jim, Paul and Angela
ardbeg77 Plus
12 1.2k 6 Sao Tome And Principe
6 Jul 2005 2:42AM
Congratulations on the HC Ian. The lighting on this is superb, and very well composed too.
digicammad 13 22.0k 39 United Kingdom
6 Jul 2005 5:21AM
Thanks Steve.
conrad 12 10.9k 116
6 Jul 2005 6:11AM
Very strong image, I can imagine Pete wanting to give this an HC. Well done!

digicammad 13 22.0k 39 United Kingdom
6 Jul 2005 7:21AM
Cheers Conrad
Pete Plus
15 18.8k 96 England
6 Jul 2005 9:26AM
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.
digicammad 13 22.0k 39 United Kingdom
6 Jul 2005 9:33AM
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.


User_Removed 12 3.3k Russian Federation
7 Jul 2005 1:28PM
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.

foxybrown 11 368
10 Jul 2005 3:14PM
impossible to work out what it is without the description. beautiful shot, great exposure & lighting.
digicammad 13 22.0k 39 United Kingdom
11 Jul 2005 12:08AM
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.

thewaiter Plus
15 1.2k 9 England
11 Jul 2005 4:50AM
nice lighting, effective subject material.....
digicammad 13 22.0k 39 United Kingdom
11 Jul 2005 4:54AM
paulcr 11 1.5k 9 Ireland
2 Aug 2005 4:58AM
Hii Ian, beautiful clarity and detail. Excellent abstract/macro. Paul
digicammad 13 22.0k 39 United Kingdom
2 Aug 2005 5:02AM
Cheers Paul
3 Aug 2005 5:43AM
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!)
digicammad 13 22.0k 39 United Kingdom
3 Aug 2005 5:45AM
lol, you'll just have to buy one of your own. Thanks for number 30.

11 Aug 2005 10:07AM
This. Is. Perfect.

digicammad 13 22.0k 39 United Kingdom
11 Aug 2005 11:27PM
Thanks very much Lisa

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