Don York, PPSA  


Mooring Rope and Cleat by Don York, PPSA

October 2020 - Mooring Rope and Cleat

About the Image(s)

It was taken on a dock, during a walk to my friend's sailboat. Taken with A Fujifilm FinePix x-90 camera at f 6.2 , 1/500 sec ISO 100. I liked the lines in rope coil and texture in wooden dock.


10 comments posted




Stuart Ord   Stuart Ord
Yes, I like them too, Don. The variation in tones, and the textures, are super, I think. The rope from the left is a nice lead-in, and the different shapes of the rope on the cleat and that in the coil are a nice contrast. I do like contrasty monos with texture to abrade,and this delivers those in abundance.

The only thing dragging my eye is the top layer of rope on the cleat, which somehow looks unsharp. It's hard to see how that could be a depth of field issue, it must have had a different texture I think.   Posted: 10/08/2020 12:07:49



Jerry Funk   Jerry Funk
I find this mix of textures and shapes very interesting. My preference is to rotate it 90 degrees clockwise. I think the vertical perspective is more dramatic.
This also makes it clear To me that the slight unsharpness Stuart mentions is a DOF issue. Nevertheless, I really like it.   Posted: 10/09/2020 14:31:29



Jerry Funk   Jerry Funk
I find this mix of textures and shapes very interesting. My preference is to rotate it 90 degrees clockwise. I think the vertical perspective is more dramatic.
This also makes it clear To me that the slight unsharpness Stuart mentions is a DOF issue. Nevertheless, I really like it.   Posted: 10/09/2020 14:31:29



Helen Sweet   Helen Sweet
Don, I like your diagonal placement, the contrast of the straight versus the interesting curved forms, and the various textures. The B&W treatment makes the rope look silver. An interesting scene which I would have overlooked.   Posted: 10/09/2020 23:30:14



John Roach   John Roach
I like your image, Don for tonal contrast, composition and story. Unless as mentioned by others, I can barely see any loss of sharpness on the cleat...at least not enough to capture my attention. I have one consideration, though, what do you think about cropping down from the top some so that the top of the frame is much closer to the rope on the left and the dock on the right. It seems to me when I view with that removed that the focus drives into the story, form, shapes, etc. even more.   Posted: 10/10/2020 07:23:16
Lance Lewin   Lance Lewin
(Groups 83 & 87)
....but also don't forget the upper Black space is the very "Void" the rope is leading us to...a mysterious vibe, indeed.   Posted: 10/24/2020 16:47:22



Jerry Snyder   Jerry Snyder
I like the shapes and textures very much. You could lighten the exposure of the dock to show more of the texture in the wood dock.   Posted: 10/10/2020 14:57:15



Stan Bormann   Stan Bormann
Shooting down you can rotate this any way you wish. I think you just need to keep these strong lines diagonals. If there is a rule about keeping good representation of all tonal ranges, this is an example of properly breaking the rule. Lots of black or near black in his image. This is an example of rather extreme contrast or texture working well. Whoever secured that boat did a great job. Reminds me of in 2012 our family chartered a canal boat in France. We had a four year old granddaughter and one of her jobs was coiling the lines on the boat. She did a great job. Thanks for the memory.   Posted: 10/11/2020 16:36:11



Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
I am a rope and knot hobbyist, so this is a delightful shot for me. I can trace how the mooring line was tied around the cleat. The final loop that secures the line is a handsome and functional last step. Very neat of your friend to coil the excess line.
See my boating line shot this month in Group 32.   Posted: 10/14/2020 23:52:21



Lance Lewin   Lance Lewin
(Groups 83 & 87)
Hello, Don! A well conceived composition with deep rich blacks and subtle greys. I am especially enjoying the rope reaching out into the Black Void. An interesting piece!   Posted: 10/24/2020 16:50:43



 

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