Lynne Hollingsworth  

Circle shell by Lynne Hollingsworth

November 2021 - Circle shell

About the Image(s)

I have several shells collected both over the years and recently. This is one of the new shells from here in Florida. I took the shell and provided a small back light so the shell would be lit from behind. Although it doesn't have a backlit look, the light provided dimension. Front light was provided, but it wasn't natural light which is a change for me.

This image is an optical illusion in that the shell appears to recede into the center. In reality, the center protrudes outward. I took nine images and then used photos photo stack the images. The lines on the shell are soft, but I think strong enough to carry the image. What do you think?

7 comments posted

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
I really like this creative idea and the results. Here are my comments.
1. Add a white border stroke to define the frame, since the black background merges with the black of the Digital Dialogue background.
2. I think the optical illusion (which you might keep because it is so interesting) occurs because the outer turns of the shell are brighter, being closer to your backlight source. If you illuminate the smaller turns more from the front, I wonder if the optical illusion would reverse.
3. Can you get the shell more into the center of the image, and all of it? Perhaps this is a challenge because something has to support the shell?   Posted: 11/08/2021 16:50:28
Lynne Hollingsworth   Lynne Hollingsworth
Yes the bottom of the shell gave the image a disjointed feel because it was uneven. I tried to add a thin white border, but the way I had processed the image didn't allow me to get it right. Don't know what I did of course so I couldn't correct it…   Posted: 11/26/2021 08:47:03

Tom McCreary   Tom McCreary
It is an interesting pattern or abstract image. Your photo stacking seems to have put it all into focus.   Posted: 11/12/2021 10:02:41

Wes Odell   Wes Odell
It is an interesting experiment and the design is nice, but I don't see it being a successful competitive image.
  Posted: 11/25/2021 11:25:24

Kym Houston
It's an interesting image, if you cant get the shell more central and more of the shell maybe try a tight square crop on the shell. Centre the shell and don't have any of the black background at all.

  Posted: 11/25/2021 16:21:44
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Diana Magor   Diana Magor
I agree with Kym -centreing the shell and giving a tight square crop makes this look better. I wasn't sure about the light edges, because they drew the eye upwards and out of the frame. Could you either make the whole outer circle bright or darken it down so the eye is made to go towards the centre point-and you are right-the centre does look as if it is receding. Did you crop the left side and the bottom deliberately because that was where you could see something holding the shell? A very attractive pattern has been produced.   Posted: 11/26/2021 05:47:05
Lynne Hollingsworth   Lynne Hollingsworth
I did crop off the bottom because the shell abruptly stops in mid-circle. I tried it several ways but this rendition seemed to be the best. Admittedly I made an attempt to darken the top of the shell, but i was seeing too much grey. I could have played with the tonal ranges, but didn't know if this image was worth the time.   Posted: 11/26/2021 08:51:25


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