Larry Crook  

A Needle in a Glass Ball by Larry Crook

June 2021 - A Needle in a Glass Ball

June 2021 - Larry Crook


About the Image(s)

Last month I went to downtown Seattle to visit the Space Needle and to try to find a way to get an interesting image of a feature that is photographed thousands of times every day. Walking through the Chihuly Glass Garden adjacent to the Space Needle I saw this reflection in a glass ball about 3 feet in diameter.

Taken with my D750 Nikon and 28-300 zoom at 28 mm, f8, 1/60, ISO 360.

After cropping the image I converted the RAW file to black and white using PS and SEP2. After trying a few presets I adjusted the brightness, contrast, and structure and then added some 'vignette.'

6 comments posted

David Halgrimson   David Halgrimson
Wow, very unique and great catch of the needle. Chihuly does some fantastic glass work, I saw some at the Desert Botanical Gardens in Phoenix a few years ago.

This image has great tones, contrast and detail. It works in a way the needle is quite evident and does not need to be pointed out, I think the crop brings it out.

I might try a vignette or blur the surroundings to make the ball stand out even more.   Posted: 06/02/2021 17:56:18

Jerry Hug   Jerry Hug
What a neat shot. I am surprised that the Space Needle was not upside down in the reflection. I have a crystal ball and that is usually what happens to me. A very smart cropping makes this image for me.
Jerry   Posted: 06/03/2021 08:57:26

Steve Knight   Steve Knight
How cool. It's like a space orb landed by the Space Needle. And the Needle just pops in the reflection. Perfect crop for this image.   Posted: 06/03/2021 20:09:36

Paul Hoffman   Paul Hoffman
This is a great spot and you have captured it well, but my brain find this very busy in monochrome and finds the differences in the colours helps me view the image more easily. When you view close the detail is very good, but I struggle viewing whole. Sorry.   Posted: 06/10/2021 08:24:36

M. Arfan Asif   M. Arfan Asif
Interesting perspective and shows an eye for an image. But the image has some complexity. It takes some time to absorb it as compared to the color. But still it works due to its unique approach and surprise factor.   Posted: 06/13/2021 10:44:23

Vincent Cochain   Vincent Cochain
It was easier (for me) to understand the image after having looked the color version.
With a ball, a square format can be interesting for the symmetry (just my opinion).
The flowers around the ball are well sharped, but increase the time needed to understand the picture.   Posted: 06/16/2021 05:00:15


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