Stephen Levitas  


Chains by Stephen Levitas

November 2019 - Chains

About the Image(s)

I am pretty sure I have never shown this image before, but apologies if it is a duplicate—after ten years in our group, I might be forgetting.

One of my enduring projects is “Jumbles.” That is, piles of stuff. I have been shooting such stuff for years. Many are very colorful, and I have not liked how they convert to monochrome, but this one is basically monochrome from the start.

There is a subtle force governing all Jumbles—gravity arranges the stacking. So a Jumble is an encounter with one of the forces of the universe.


17 comments posted

Lance Lewin   Lance Lewin
(Groups 83 & 87)
Gee! Full screen on my desk-top monitor I can almost feel and hear the chains! The textures, lighting and depth is engaging. Well done. Bet this photograph would be powerful printed on metal.

Best regard,
Lance Group-83   Posted: 11/02/2019 17:32:22
Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
Hello Lance, thanks for visiting, and the great suggestion to print on metal--how perfect!   Posted: 11/04/2019 17:31:38

Michael Duke   Michael Duke
Not much of a comment from me. I have tried such an image myself a while back and I did not get such an excellent result. I will not say more as it will sound like a touch of jealousy on my part. Oh alright - I'll admit it. Your image is brilliant. And I agree with Lance   Posted: 11/02/2019 18:34:58
Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
You are so kind!   Posted: 11/04/2019 17:34:47

Jerry Funk   Jerry Funk
(Groups 20 & 64)
I see an excellent graphic image. Ideal for monochrome. My suggestion is that if you want to emphasize gravity, a portrait format may help.
Your closely cropped composition Has given me food for thought for images I have of heavily rusty chains.   Posted: 11/02/2019 22:02:53
Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
Hi Jerry, thanks for visiting. It would be fine if you continued the discussion of shooting chains right here and showed us an image of rusty chains. It would be a great contrast with my shiny ones. And color is fine, because this is all about visiting and chatting with one another.   Posted: 11/04/2019 17:33:55
Jerry Funk   Jerry Funk
(Groups 20 & 64)
I compulsively keyword my images but only found one chain,but it wasn't rusty! So, I looked through a couple hundred "rust" images and came across this one - one link from a chain.   Posted: 11/05/2019 12:39:11
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Jerry Funk   Jerry Funk
(Groups 20 & 64)
I found my rusty chain among recent images from Italy that I just uploaded   Posted: 11/11/2019 06:18:33
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Jerry Funk   Jerry Funk
(Groups 20 & 64)
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Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
Ah, in monochrome, just for our group. Thanks. And all are fine shots.   Posted: 11/11/2019 07:22:52

Gloria Fine
I can't really add much to what the others have said. I am trying to work with autumn leaves which I think have some of the same characteristics as the "jumbles" let's see if I can use some of the tips traded here!   Posted: 11/11/2019 09:05:14

Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
(Group 67)
I think your title of "Jumbles" works well. This is a talent I do not have. You have done a fine job of creating something out of nothing. A real talent. I also like your processing. The highlights make the image come to life and provide character. I've seen several of your images and this is by far the best. Well done.   Posted: 11/11/2019 11:08:13
Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
Hi Larry, thanks for blowing me away with compliments. The Jumbles is my "Project," like writers must find their voice, photographers must find their project. I have been shooting them for a long time, and once did a show of just Jumbles.   Posted: 11/11/2019 12:21:58

Bob Legg   Bob Legg
(Groups 15 & 29 & 62)
Stephen. Here is my Monochrome chain from 2011. Very rusty and large links. I used Silver Efex Full Spectrum with detail to bring out details. I like yours better, but I'm thinking your chain had not been used in the ocean for years as it looks practically new.   Posted: 11/11/2019 14:17:10
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Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
Yes, Bob, my chain shot (1-inch links as I recall) is of new chain at my local hardware store. I asked permission, and they let me shoot anything I wanted for a few hours. I got a lot of Jumbles shots. It was pure joy for me, shooting down into drawers of nuts and bolts.
I am telling a story of gravity, whereas your shots tell a story of time. Interesting that all we have in the physical universe is matter, energy, and time. We all know who related them, of course: Einstein.   Posted: 11/11/2019 14:25:36

Tom McCreary   Tom McCreary
Very well captured image. I am glad that the chains have some details in them and were not smooth. The detail adds a lot to the image. Not as much as rust, but there is detail there. I like the kind of repeating pattern of the four close links, as that creates a subject.   Posted: 11/11/2019 14:37:44
Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
Good point about the four close links, Tom. I did not think about that, but I will use the comment to inform my shoots in the future, and tinker a bit with arrangements. Thanks.   Posted: 11/11/2019 15:13:03

 

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