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If you look in the top left of yesterday's shot, you'll see a bolt similar to this one.

Oh, and this is the first of a pair of images. Check back tomorrow for the second one. And I would write more, but I've been talked into photographing a neighbour's Siamese cat ;-)

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comment by joel at 08:23 PM (GMT) on 30 January, 2006

Last photo was really hot! Very visually interesting and pleasing, this one not so much, but it could work in a set for sure. Good job seeing something from a fresh angle.

comment by Ali at 08:35 PM (GMT) on 30 January, 2006

I really don't know what you are trying to achieve here, but whatever it was, it sure looks pleasing to the eye :P

comment by iain at 08:35 PM (GMT) on 30 January, 2006


comment by schmee at 08:36 PM (GMT) on 30 January, 2006

I'll agree that yesterday's photo was more interesting to look at, but i do really like the rich reds in this one.

comment by Ash at 08:57 PM (GMT) on 30 January, 2006

very cool processing...nice details

comment by Monika at 09:24 PM (GMT) on 30 January, 2006

umm... I like the warm tones...but umm... =s

comment by djn1 at 09:25 PM (GMT) on 30 January, 2006

Ali: I don't think I was trying to acheive much other than capture the scene ... light, rust, colour, shape.

comment by Mikelangelo at 09:32 PM (GMT) on 30 January, 2006

Rust is one of my favorite things to photograph. It's got color, texture and often is part of an interesting, old object. I like. It works well with the warm tones/textures of the wood.

comment by nuno f at 09:42 PM (GMT) on 30 January, 2006

How do you manage to make simple and old objects so pleasing to the eyes? Wait... I know... it's a secret. : )

comment by shaun at 09:52 PM (GMT) on 30 January, 2006

hey dave

i'm a big fan of your work - however for the past week or two, i feel a little let down by your photos . the only reason why i tell you this, is just to encourage you to keep up the great work i know your capable of.

fyi your previous inspired me to get my first digital SLR, so, much thanks.

comment by djn1 at 09:55 PM (GMT) on 30 January, 2006

shaun: it's always interesting to hear people's reactions to my work, and especially useful when people offer a critique; but unless you give me a bit more to go on (as in tell me what you think was better about my previous work as opposed to the last few shots) there isn't too much I can do about it.

comment by Phil at 09:57 PM (GMT) on 30 January, 2006

I wasnt sure what it was at first, and definately wasnt seeing a bolt. I think its good, though quite different than usual, which isnt a bad thing. You have great variety in your shots.

comment by Todd at 10:16 PM (GMT) on 30 January, 2006

I have a sweet spot for wood. Don't know, but I guess it takes all types to make the world go 'round. I like both yesterday's and today's pic for different reasons. Yesterday's for the very original perspective and today's for the steel/wood contrast (rust and wood grain, specifically) and the warm rustic colors.

comment by cj at 10:30 PM (GMT) on 30 January, 2006

Not as strong as yesterday's. A CD cover perhaps? I like the way that you've achieved the plane of focus.

Have you ever had the conversation that goes:

Passerby: what are you photographing

You: er, this rusty nail

Passerby: I'll call for the straightjacket now shall I?

comment by Michael Dougan at 11:12 PM (GMT) on 30 January, 2006

Yesterday's shot was really intriguing, I had to look at your comments to figure out what it was, I thought you had climbed up an old church wall and photographed the top of a crucifix. Wonderful shot! Today I like the colours from the bolt head and washer with the colour and texture of the wood. You have an amazing ability to see things quite differently.

comment by Robert #2 at 11:54 PM (GMT) on 30 January, 2006

I really like the contrast between the rust and wood texture, but it seems a little oversaturated. Still, great form and feel.

comment by Caryn at 12:18 AM (GMT) on 31 January, 2006

Love the rich, vivid colors in this one! As the commenter above said, it's definitely saturated, but I don't think overly so.

comment by brett admire at 01:30 AM (GMT) on 31 January, 2006

Great angle.. the tip of the bolt seems to come out of the screen like yesterdays picture.. love it

comment by Chris [57 Degrees] at 04:54 AM (GMT) on 31 January, 2006

Dave, amazing detail in the wood and excellent DOF.

comment by garyx at 08:49 AM (GMT) on 31 January, 2006

Prefer this to yesterday's shot. Nice processing.

comment by Annabel at 09:58 AM (GMT) on 31 January, 2006

Lovely textures.
How have you processed this to get the grain and colour to stand out so well?

comment by Paul Courtney at 12:47 PM (GMT) on 31 January, 2006

Hi Dave,
Haven't commented so far this year, and can't actually believe I'm about to say something negative, but here goes. The over-saturation of this shot really detracts form my overall appreciation. I like the subject matter; composition; textural juxtaposition; but my eye gets drawn back to the saturation on the wood. Sorry.
You certainly seem have been on top form this year, my favourite being the 7th Jan.
Keep inspiring.

comment by Ellie at 01:09 PM (GMT) on 31 January, 2006

Technically, a very pleasing photograph. brilliant use of a small DOF, and good general clarity. But as art, it just doesnt do it for me, sorry!

comment by CurlyBoy at 01:14 PM (GMT) on 31 January, 2006

Eh. The image doesn't do anything for me. It feels kinda like one of images used for Successories. A nice, clean image, but rather bland.

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comment by djn1 at 04:52 PM (GMT) on 31 January, 2006

cj: it's actually quite rare for people to comment, but they do look quite curious on occassion.

Annabel: the processing on this one was fairly standard; i.e. using the Curves tool to bring out the contrast - especially in terms of the grain in the wood.

Paul: a couple of people have mentioned the saturation. To be honest, it's pretty true to the original. The sun was very low in the sky, and the wood is much this colour. One thing I should mention is that the very rich reds in the wood are rust stains.

Ellie: art, not art. I don't know. Some of the time chromasia is just about photographing the things I see and trying to represent them as best I can. I guess this one falls into that category.

CurlyBoy: cool, I'll see if they want to license it ;-)

comment by Annabel at 06:13 PM (GMT) on 31 January, 2006

[quote]Annabel: the processing on this one was fairly standard; i.e. using the Curves tool to bring out the contrast - especially in terms of the grain in the wood.[/quote]

Hey, thanks! I have Cinepaint which I use on my stuff but am only a mere youngster at it. It's a good effect. I'll have a try later. I like the fact that this bolt has my initials on the middle! ;-)

comment by prasoon at 08:30 PM (GMT) on 31 January, 2006

lovely macro !!

comment by Andrew at 03:48 AM (GMT) on 1 February, 2006

will we get to see the cat soon?

comment by Paul Woolrich at 10:14 PM (GMT) on 2 February, 2006

The detail in this photo is excellant!!

comment by pierre at 01:17 PM (GMT) on 3 February, 2006

surprisingly good or the 17-40mm, I normally end up with 'softer' images with mine. Maybe I purchaseda lemon, who knows..

Anyway, great one. The bolt is really outstanding

comment by jasonspix at 07:31 PM (GMT) on 4 February, 2006

Love the colors and textures in this. Great.

comment by tad at 01:33 AM (GMT) on 5 February, 2006

magical silver. really nice.