Dorinda Wills  


Staple City by Dorinda Wills

May 2020 - Staple City

About the Image(s)

Like many others, I've been perusing the internet for ideas and inspiration. I've seen several examples of photographing cities made of staples and screws. This is one from my first attempt. I placed the items on a mirror with a black mat behind it. Soft daylight through the window. Using my new Nikon Z6 mirrorless (loving it!). Converted to bw. This is just a start as I will try again with more complex scenes.


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11 comments posted

Beverly Caine   Beverly Caine
(Groups 48 & 80)
Visiting from 48 & 80
What a novel idea. Here's a thought for an addition..put a tiny toy car on the street, silver would be perfect, but white could probably work well.
I said this in an earlier comment in another group, I never cease to be amazed at the imagination in the digital dialogue groups. Well done!   Posted: 05/03/2020 08:16:04
Dorinda Wills   Dorinda Wills
Thank you Beverly. As I mentioned, I got the idea from other posts I have see on the internet. Since this image, I have been playing with the idea even more. I like your idea of the tiny silver car.   Posted: 05/03/2020 12:14:06

Robert Schleif   Robert Schleif
I like the lighting and that it is B&W. I would like it better if the arrangement of the buildings were more similar to those of an actual city, and if the screws and bolt, which do not look like buildings, were not present.   Posted: 05/04/2020 18:06:59

Leonid Shectman   Leonid Shectman
It is nice picture, to create 3 D illusion i blur the reflection.   Posted: 05/04/2020 18:50:23
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Dorinda Wills   Dorinda Wills
I probably should not refer to this one as a city, more just a collection of shiny objects. You do have to use your imagination. Also remember that buildings come in different shapes. Anyway, just something to play with.   Posted: 05/04/2020 20:23:50
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Robert Schleif   Robert Schleif
Some more buildings, a little more of the reflection, and blurred as Leonid showed, and you really will have your micro city as seen from across the river.   Posted: 05/05/2020 14:43:47

Judy Merson   Judy Merson
A very creative idea nicely executed Nice and sharp Mono was the way to go I like your second image also It feels even more like a Cityscape to me.
Makes me want to do one Out will come my staples soon This month my camera club has a Macro theme due by May 30 I think this could be a good Macro study   Posted: 05/04/2020 21:06:10
Dorinda Wills   Dorinda Wills
Judy, I would encourage you to try it. I have seen it done with backgrounds added which I will be trying.
  Posted: 05/05/2020 15:07:43

Tom Carnahan   Tom Carnahan
Unique use of your imagination to create a city scape wothout clutter. It does not take much of my imagination to turn the various shapes into building that I have seen around the world . Any way you could introduce a shadow water line ? Nice crisp photo   Posted: 05/09/2020 15:27:56

Jessica Manelis   Jessica Manelis
I love the abstract quality of this and I think it is great and does remind me of a city, so totally refer to it as that!! I think I would like to see the objects a little crisper above the reflection, but as Leonid suggests, I do think it would be cooler if the reflection was slightly out of focus. Very striking image.   Posted: 05/19/2020 10:00:50

Jon Joyce   Jon Joyce

Great idea, Dorinda. Insomuch as the staples more nearly mimic the building look than do the screws, I would use more of the staples to get a skyline effect.   Posted: 05/22/2020 12:21:11