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  #227 Circle/s, Sphere/s, Round
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Abstract - Machinist's moon       ©2020 Mepo
Panasonic DMC-FZ200       9th place, 71 points
1/20s, f5.6, ISO 100, 102mm, Aperture Priority, Spot, no flash
 
Post-Processing: Crop. Adjust levels for high contrast. Clone away minor infractions.       Extra Info: I had fun making this.
 
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Mepo
Feb 25, 2020
    I'm glad some of you liked this. My plan was to have the whole sphere covered with washers ( the black circles are metal washers). It turned into a frustrating (in a humorous way) project.

The sphere is an ordinary blown up white, latex balloon. My intention was to cover the whole surface with washers but as I proceeded to glue them on, the pressure and position of the balloon would change and some of the washers would fall off. It surprised me how heavy the washers were, they weighed down one side of the balloon and it was almost impossible to hold it with the uncovered side facing up. I finally gave up on the idea of a solid covering of washers and I recognised that gravity was creating an attractive, random pattern. It took many sessions to glue on a few washers, go away and let the glue dry, and then return to repeat the process.

Photographing it was difficult for the same reason, it was difficult to support without all the washers facing down. I could have suspended it and shot from underneath but that would have made lighting even more difficult. Underneath the balloon was a small panel of LED lights. It was shot in a dark room. I finally used a heavy weight tied to the balloon and a furry black blanket to hold both the balloon and the light in position. That's also the reason one edge is a bit rough (the blanket was showing in silhouette. It's also the reason for the blank white area at the bottom.

Naturally I left all this till the end of the challenge period which made the job a little rushed. Next time I do this I'll experiment with a spray-on instant adhesive to see if I can find one which won't melt the balloon material. Or maybe the use the small circles of fabric meant to reinforce pages in a three ring binder. They are lightweight and already have glue on them. Why didn't I think of that earlier LOL

RobertLavker
Feb 24, 2020
    I loved this - my 2nd place vote. Nice work Michael.

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mrsawyer
Feb 24, 2020
    Looks like washers inside a light fixture shot from below. Quite clever, whatever it is. Good focus and lighting.

jomari
Feb 24, 2020
    Great high contrast abstract. I like the way you have met the challenge absolutely. There is nothing extraneous to the theme. Top shot.

kerszkavet
Feb 24, 2020
    okay, you'll have to tell us more about how you made this

A dramatic and interesting shot

Minor issue - the lower left of centre edge looks a little rougher than the rest, which is a little distracting

aoc46
Feb 23, 2020
    Interesting idea, but seems odd that the dark circles all stop short of the lower right.

A.N.Other
Feb 23, 2020
    Hmmm.....Looks like looking upwards at washers placed in a dome shaped bathroom light? Some illumination from beneath/side too. Good effect and certainly plenty of circles! I would have preferred it if they were a bit more central (less white on the bottom).

cookiejar
Feb 23, 2020
    Nicely arranged

Maike13
Feb 22, 2020
    Creative setup that makes an interesting picture.

Lo
Feb 22, 2020
    I like the random placement of the circles and the stark lighting. In my favourites.

RobertLavker
Feb 21, 2020
    I love the abstract feeling that this image evokes. This certainly fits the theme and is most unusual. High in my favs.

SteveBee
Feb 21, 2020
    Unusual and clever. It would be interesting to know how you created the image.
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