Pat Glenn  

Slinky Blue by Pat Glenn

May 2022 - Slinky Blue

May 2022 - Pat Glenn


About the Image(s)

Nikon D750 Lens micro 105mm, ISO 320, 1/60, f14
Lightbox with blue light, tripod, macro rail
Lightroom Processed
Increased: exposure, white, texture, clarity
Decreased: contrast, saturation
Cropped to get rid of left bottom ridge
Focus is in limited area leaning to mid left and extend up a bit

I like playing with these abstract objects… or making object look abstract??? This could turn into a project…. I did different colors, did not play with different f-stops or turning coils different ways…yet.
To start everything was saturated in the blue light. The increase exp/white & decreased contrast/sat help sepate out the coils from background, so, I was able to mute the bkgd blue and start turning it almost white with blue tint [open to doing this at different levels blue/white]. I liked the fanning effect, so, kept it from right wide open to left tight. Focus limited even though f14. Texture and clarity help highlight the grooves a little better.

Title: original slinky blue
Unprocessed darker: ISO 320, 1/60, f14

7 comments posted

Stuart Ord   Stuart Ord
Interesting, Pat.

Of course, I'm wondering "slinky blue what?". We don't need to know what a photo is of if it's abstract of course, but here I'm wondering pleated skirt, table napkin, a fan, coils of what? .....? Scope for lots of variations in light colour and direction.

  Posted: 05/04/2022 15:43:49
Pat Glenn   Pat Glenn
Stuart it is the SLINKY TOY!!! in blue light.
  Posted: 05/15/2022 23:47:04

Keith Au   Keith Au
Pat, good fun project.. Love the tracks and formation. It probably was not easy to handle the colour toning and saturation adjustments.
How about trying again with slower shutter speed while adding light track(s) onto the subject's tracks? I am interested to know how this could be setup (with or without light box).. :-)   Posted: 05/08/2022 17:39:14
Pat Glenn   Pat Glenn
I can play with this later with multiple slower shutter. what exactly do you mean by adding light tracks - not familiar with how to do that.
  Posted: 05/15/2022 23:48:44
Keith Au   Keith Au
Yeah, I watched some Youtube videos some time ago about shooting in slow speed and synchronizing a light source being turned on.. or flicking with a light torch. I was thinking, such moving light across your blue tracks could be quite interesting.

I think I watched that on a Nikon Youtube/Facebook channel presentation by one of their promotional professionals.. Quite amazing compositions. Don't worry.. just my wild thinking when I enjoyed your image.. :-)   Posted: 05/16/2022 18:15:30
Pat Glenn   Pat Glenn
thanks, I think the light box will even do some kind of stabbing, good idea.   Posted: 05/16/2022 23:07:39
Carol Sheppard   Carol Sheppard
I find the beautiful blue coloring both very perfectly saturated and natural in your whit balance, to make it a very compelling abstract. The composition also works quite well for this.   Posted: 05/18/2022 13:46:22


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