Lynne Hollingsworth  

Ready for Take-Off by Lynne Hollingsworth

August 2019 - Ready for Take-Off

About the Image(s)

The airplane is made out of a spark plug and sat on my father's dresser for as long as I can remember. Now it sits on a shelf near our entrance way. I've always liked the creative nature of the plane and decided to give it a voice.

This was taken with my Nikon Macro lens at f/11, ISO 100, spot metering on a light table. The bottom of the table was lit at its lowest setting as well as two front lights to reduce shadowing. I did some minor photo stacking with only 5 images which ran down the body of the plane, then a small crop.

I'm interested to hear everyone's comments.

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9 comments posted

Stuart Caine   Stuart Caine
(Group 42)
Lynne, very diffrent. I like it.Who ever made it did a good job.You can see the rust on the spark plug as well as the amount of work that went into it. It looks like it's ready to take off.   Posted: 08/05/2019 13:50:28

Oscar Pung   Oscar Pung
You've captured some great details and texture here Lynn. I like the lighting too and the faint shadows make the little plane appear to be in flight.   Posted: 08/07/2019 16:13:41

Charles Ginsburgh   Charles Ginsburgh
As with many images, "simple is often better" and you have given us a simple yet elegant representation of this subject. It is difficult to see if the plane is actually sitting on a surface or is shown as though it is in flight, and perhaps that is intentional.

I do like Oscars' comment about the shadow, and perhaps you might try expanding upon this in bringing out the shadow even more (as you have lit the stage or perhaps even in post-processing). This might bring just a bit more feeling of depth to the image and it would be interesting to see if this makes things better or not.   Posted: 08/16/2019 15:08:17

Janos Demeter   Janos Demeter
(Group 73)
Very creative person who made this. In my childhood when our car did not start, I had to clean these spark plugs with a metal brush.
The photo is really pleasant. Maybe I would have tried to lighten a bit the front part.   Posted: 08/19/2019 00:47:35
Lynne Hollingsworth   Lynne Hollingsworth
I remember my father doing the same thing with the spark plugs. He had a special tool that he would put in the gap to make the gap the correct measurement.

When I tried to lighten the front it seemed very unnatural somehow. So I lightened it a little.   Posted: 08/19/2019 18:20:17

Angela Chan   Angela Chan
Great arts using home objects.
Love the texture.
I was told to leave more space to allow room for the subject to move into ( which is done here nicely) but allow about the same amount of space for the other sides...not sure whether it is correct or important.   Posted: 08/26/2019 09:41:37
Charles Ginsburgh   Charles Ginsburgh
The problem with leaving "the same amount of space on the other sides" is that you tend to center the subject (which is not really your intent) or you make the subject smaller relative to the entire image (again which may not be your intent). If I am adding space for a element to "move into" I specifically DO NOT the same amount of space to the other sides. I might add some space (dependent upon the image), but never the same amount. To me this begins to undo that effect you are trying to create.   Posted: 08/28/2019 11:36:31
Angela Chan   Angela Chan
Hello, I did not make myself clear...What I meant was to allow at least the same room for the subject to move into but to crop the 3 remaining sides so that they leave the same margins to the other 3 sides. I am travelling right now so just improvised. Somehow the margins did not come out the same but the subject appears bigger and there is more room for it to move into...I just cropped the top and the right sides in a little bit.   Posted: 08/28/2019 15:53:07
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Angela Chan   Angela Chan
This is a better crop.   Posted: 08/28/2019 16:11:32
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