Barbara E Miller, HonPSA, MPSA, EFIAP  

Needs Mending by Barbara E Miller, HonPSA, MPSA, EFIAP

August 2022 - Needs Mending

About the Image(s)

Looking for something different I chose an old sock in which I purposely made a hole. Since it was too long fit in the frame I folded it over so that would be recognisable as a sock. In PS I chose Mode/grayscale and to make it a brownish monochrome I used Hue/Sat adjusting it to the colour I wanted. Used High Pass and added a thin frame from one of the colours of the image.

12 comments posted

Richard Siersma   Richard Siersma
Barbara, this is an interesting subject and I think it lends itself to monochrome as there is a lot of texture. Great idea to fold the sock because there is instant recognition. I think I would have used a needle and thread rather than scissors. For me, the scissors look a little fuzzy on the near edge. Darn nice shot.   Posted: 08/01/2022 11:50:11
Mark Burgess   Mark Burgess
lol   Posted: 08/01/2022 23:20:35

David Price   David Price
I agree with Richard about the subject and monochrome. When I see a thimble I expect to see a needle and thread although I don't use either, however I'm not sure if I would remove the scissors. Definitely worth having another look at it.   Posted: 08/01/2022 14:48:57

Mark Burgess   Mark Burgess
HI Barbara, nice study of textures and shapes. Love the creativity of folks that can make something out of more or less nothing. I guess you have to be well over 60 to understand what is being suggested in this image!   Posted: 08/01/2022 23:24:41

Jim Horn   Jim Horn
Barbara, I agree with the support you're getting for monochrome and for your composition.
The story telling might have the next step - "darn" it (I think that's what you call repairing the hole in a sock). Perhaps yarn threaded into a needle might allow you to do something different with the empty space at the bottom right. Yarn in an "S" curve would add more interest than the angles of the open scissors. A length of yarn threaded into the eyelet of a needle that's stuck in the cloth next to the sock near the hole might work.   Posted: 08/02/2022 12:51:01
Barbara E Miller   Barbara E Miller
I like "Darn It" for a title, thanks   Posted: 08/10/2022 15:03:52

Barbara E Miller   Barbara E Miller
I agree with you all re the lack of a needle and thread (yarn) and I thought about it at the shooting, but i didn't have any yarn or a needle large enough to make it look authentic so I settled for the scissors.

Too true, Mark, does anyone darn or mend anything these days? i.e. the fashionable holes in the knees of jeans, purchased that way!   Posted: 08/02/2022 19:57:32
Jim Horn   Jim Horn
Barbara, just as the best photo is with the camera you have, the best composition is with what you've got. I like your results.   Posted: 08/04/2022 11:39:37

Oliver Morton   Oliver Morton
I can't really add to the comments already given. To me, it's a wonderful monochrome that has a nostalgic feeling. I think the scissors work well. Their size and brightness make them the focal point of the image. Well done!

  Posted: 08/03/2022 09:46:26

Lance Lewin   Lance Lewin
(Groups 24 & 83 & 87 & 92)
Hi Barbara! Well composed illustration ... toning really helps the narrative, too. My only suggestion is to add a pulled spool of thread (just pull it out and drop it wherever) and push the finger-guard over: in this sense I am suggesting messing it up a bit ...make the scene feel ..'in progress", as it were.   Posted: 08/03/2022 18:33:45

Bev Caine   Bev Caine
(Groups 24 & 48)
One of these days I'll figure out what to do with the hundreds of dollars of yarn sitting in my are giving me the inspiration.   Posted: 08/12/2022 12:37:18

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
Great shot, and good comments from your group.
I will just add a line I am reminded of from TS Eliot and "Cats": Skimble, where is Skimble? Has he gone to hunt the thimble?   Posted: 08/14/2022 22:34:59


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