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By pablophotographer
A sheet of steel used for making knives serves as a background to a spoon on display in a pub of the "Steel City". Camera used : Nikon E5200 6mp.pocket camera

Tags: Photo journalism General Specialist and abstract Close-up and macro Spoon

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franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
16 Nov 2012 8:11AM
Unfortunately the background is in focus and the most important part of the image in my opinion (the spoon) isn't.

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pablophotographer 6 952 335
2 Dec 2012 1:34PM
Ken, I wouldn't like to develop this into an argument. The fact that I didn't get the humour of the "nervy peeker" photo might be cultural, I think your comment, no salutation, is sour if not intended.

Yes it is out of focus, go to May 8 page of Magnum's Archive book "A Year in Photography" to see another example of out of focus photography. That face looks like one of Davis Bowie's appearances in the early 70's although it isn't. It's not even a near miss. Sharpmess is not always critical.

A photograph may be used as a medium to educate and this picture shows how knives are being cut from a piece if steel sheet. The spoon looks being hand-crafted and makes a contrast with the background. I was drawn actually to the object by the 70's geometrical orange background surface and its beauty. Colours (orange and grey) don't blend greatly but did you know that orange as colour can open the apettite? I had been told that by an interior space designer, so I was not so surprised to see this colour of background being used, I saw it as an affirmative subsciption to his words.

On the technical aspect, this was a tricky to shoot. Shot indoors at 11pm. The whole thing is behind a glass, the silver finish of the camera used is reflected on the left side of the spoon, if you enlarge the image. I am happy it appears so small that on first reading you can miss it. I didn't use flash or the red light to focus on the object to avoid its reflection. The actual spotlight above the frame has been excluded due to the composition. The camera has an optical vewfinder and a 2" screen if I remember correctly, reviewing it there it looked alright. Camera belongs to a friend, so I can't say I ever mastered it. ISO was kept low to avoid noise. I can live with the picture's imperfection.
8 Jun 2013 11:13AM
Great photo! Somehow it reminds me of a leaf's veins!

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