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Ship Chain

By handlerstudio  
Driving through the Upper Ninth Ward in New Orleans while doing rebuilding after Katrina, I saw a field of huge chains just begging to be photographed.........

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Hermanus 5 4 South Africa
16 Jan 2013 2:31PM
What a find !! Excellent photo !!Grin

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Great variety of different colours of rust. Well spotted and shot.

Focus_Man 8 481 631 United Kingdom
17 Jan 2013 4:24PM
Peter, presumeably you moved the chains to the top left to balance the picture?

A nice picture and yes, it was just asking to be taken. However for this shot I would not have been using an aperture as large as f4.5, this calls for a maximum of f8 as far as I can see, maybe even f11 but to be fair all the chainss eem to be in reasonable focus.

One thing I would just have to do here is to clone out the wire across the centre of your picture, the one fastened with a reef knot, to me it spoils the overall effect, the other one down to th bottom right is not so prominent and could IMHO be left.

Otherwise well spotted and well recorded.

pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2016 United Kingdom
17 Jan 2013 4:24PM
These rusty chains are a great subject, Peter, and there is a lot of potential here for getting different angles.
The chain at the bottom is not only out of focus, but a totally different colour to the rest, with some pink colouring too, and I see it as a distraction. Anything that doesn’t strengthen your image actually weakens it, so it's all about deciding what's in or out.
You went in quite close, but I would suggest going in even closer. I find that closeup detail of rusty chains looks far more interesting that an image of the whole pile. My preference would be to fill the frame with your chains, and this could significantly strengthen your composition. Aiming for simplicity is often the best strategy. You can adjust a composition in post processing, but it's far better to get it as close as you can in camera first.
By having the right-hand chains in front of the ones on the left, you have achieved a feeling of depth, and have also managed to keep all of those at the top in focus.
The colour and shapes of the ones at the top are good, but could be enhanced to brighten the rust colour and bring out a bit more of the texture, should that be your desire.
In my modification, I have done a drastic crop that completely eliminates the chains at the bottom. Obviously, such a crop has decreased the quality. I adjusted Levels to add contrast and boost the colours, then sharpened.
paulbroad 10 123 1244 United Kingdom
17 Jan 2013 7:19PM
Some interest and a lot of rust. The pink on the links at the bottom pull the eye rather. OK if that were the subject, but a little near the bottom. I would prefer a single item which demanded the full attention with the remainder acting as a foil.


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