Mon 01-Jul-13 12:34 AM | edited Mon 01-Jul-13 12:35 AM by Valentino
This months theme is Metal
Okay, we just had vegetable, then animal, this month is mineral, or more specifically metal or metallic. Nuts, bolts, knives, tools, old legacy lenses, steel tipped boots... If it is a closeup and is mostly metal, then it is fair game. As always, we are looking for well composed and well exposed closeups of the stated theme.
RULES: --Post up to 7 images but only one image/post --Include shooting info so we can learn from each other --Previously posted images are welcome but not previous contest winners --When posting please do so by hitting the reply link below this top post, not the reply link to another post. --Include a title in the subject line --Capture must be shot with a Nikon camera and any lens --Comments are welcome but NO public critiquing, i.e., how to make it better. This is a contest so PM's are a better way to offer feedback --WARNING Posts that do not meet the spirit of the challenge will not be selected as finalists and may be periodically removed by the moderators without notice
The top images will be selected by the previous months winner and be included in a poll for members to vote for the winning photo. The winning image will be added to the Macro Contest Winners Gallery --Posts that do not meet the spirit of the challenge will not be selected as finalists - and may or may not be randomly removed during the month without notice. To be considered as a finalist the post must be a Landscape - see criteria here, AND also meet the monthly theme such that the theme is a standout feature - what one thinks about when looking at the picture. Image enhancement in the digital darkroom is acceptable as long as the final result looks mostly like a photo - the exception is when the theme specifically allows for digital art.
Six images will be selected by the previous months winner and be included in a poll for members to vote for the winning photo. The winning image will be added to the Landscape Winners Gallery
Albert J Valentino Nikonian Moderator Emeritus Vantage Point Images Mastery of Composition is the Key to Great Photography
I attempted to use my ringflash for this, but couldn't quite eliminate some glare. Ended up using natural light, 4 second exposure.
Fairly extensive (for me) post-processing in Lightroom 4, starting with SLRLounge presets, and then finalizing some particular settings to bring up more detail while preserving the warmth I found in the original natural lighting.
Critique welcome. This is my second attempt at a macro shot, so I've lots to learn.
Oh, and I titled it "Broken" because, well, like me, it's broken and has lost track of time.
Pure titanium made into fine chain-mail mesh. RF welded in argon atmosphere it is claimed. Rings are 3 mm external diameter. Curious material, it feels warm on the hand whereas similar steel mesh feels cold.
Nikon Multiphot with 65 mm Micro lens at f4.5. Nikon D3X. Two shots stacked. Sample on glass plate illuminated from below with coloured light, and with a 'light tent' above lit with two external focussed light beams. The metal shows its natural (oxide) colour.
These are metal pumps and bottles used for dispensing chemicals in the electronics assembly, medical, and beauty markets. D700, 105VR @f/13, 1/160. Lit by a single Elinchrom Quadra head with 70cm Rotalux, white reflector for a little fill in front. BG is gray seamless. Post in LR5 and CS6.
This PC board is made out with a solid layer of copper with just enough etched away to make the electrical traces. Then it is coated with tin and printed with a green Solder Mask to help with the manufacturing process.
Another one from the car dealership. This is the interior of a headlight. The round thing is the halogen lightbulb. The shiny metallic facets form a parabolic arc that reflects the light down the road. As you look into the light, the reflections are from the car, the photographer, and the dealership.
Detailed views of an old Anchor chain and a closeup of a steel bowl created by local welder-artist. D7000 50mmf/1.4, f/13, iso 200, 1/50 sec 50mmf/1.4, f/13, iso 200, 1/80 sec 18-200mmf/3.5-5.6, f/11, iso100, 1/80sec