Cindy Lynch  

Scrimshaw Shell and Monkey Fist by Cindy Lynch

May 2021 - Scrimshaw Shell and Monkey Fist

May 2021 - Cindy Lynch


About the Image(s)

I love things about the sea. The scrimshaw was an old model I put together and etched for my father many years ago and I just found it. The rope ball is called a monkey fist knot and is tied at the end of a heaving line on a boat. I like the design and textures of it. I post processed using Color Efex - Tonal Contrast and Curves adjustments. Settings: f/3.5, 1/8 sec., ISO 100 with a 35 mm prime lens and a tripod. I set it up near a window on an overcast day.

5 comments posted

David Terao   David Terao
What a gorgeous still life! Everything is perfect. The details in the scrimshaw etching and the monkey fist add a ton of interest and make this image sing (I can't help but wonder, "How do you even make that monkey ball?"). The quality of the natural lighting is exquisite adding wonderful soft shadows and a 3-dimensional feel to the overall image. The browns and greens complement each other very well. The black background and subtle reflections in the table keep one's focus on the subjects and adds a further sense of dimensionality. Beautiful!   Posted: 05/01/2021 07:33:32

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
This is a charming collection of objects and a very pleasing finished image. I have no suggestions for improvement. But as a rope and knot hobbyist, I want to know if you tied the monkey fist yourself--it looks great. See my images in my Group 32 back in December 2020 of a bowline, and in October 2020 of lines on the railing of a Chesapeake Bay tour boat.   Posted: 05/01/2021 20:31:48
Cindy Lynch   Cindy Lynch
Thank you for your kind words, Stephen. No, I did not tie it myself - I bought it! I looked at your photos and I really like your "rope art" and ability to tie the knots.   Posted: 05/03/2021 20:45:13

Don MacKenzie   Don MacKenzie
Nicely done, Cindy. The pieces go together and with the dark background, they show very well. Even the reflection is attractive.   Posted: 05/03/2021 09:21:01

Phyllis Peterson   Phyllis Peterson
Very interesting grouping of items. They all have curved lines and the greenery pulls it all together. I think another grouping you could try would be to not put everything in a row but put something in front of another. Even so, the items have so much textural interest it keeps your eye looking. I also like the reflections in the black below. Great job!   Posted: 05/09/2021 18:56:55


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