||Hoya 80A, Polarizing Filter
||Natural Light, Backlit
I am rather excited when I found this hempen rope. When I curl it into a
coil the moment it springs out, it forms a wonderful and graceful looking
pattern. "This could make a wonderful abstract photo," I told
myself. Thus begin another exciting photography expedition.
1 - For the background, I hung a 4"x 4" blue plastic bag on the
window. To create more drama I cripple it deliberately. That way too I
discovered, would give me very nice and diffuse lighting.
2 - Next, I curl the rope flatly on the table, round after round much like
the tracks on the phonogram. Then I put a book on top of it to maintain
the shape. This sounds easier than done, the stubborn rope just won't
succumb to my command.
3 - Next, I placed a piece of blue Formica measured 2" x 3" on a
stool. To create a vague reflection on the surface, I used tissue to rub
the Formica gently with a few drops of oil.
4 - A stick was tied on a tripod to hang that wonderful coil I made. I
have to expand the coil tenderly such that it forms a spring just like the
one in the photo. I find I have to act fast as the spring won't maintain
its position for long.
5 - Next, I use a tiny bit of blue tac and stick the marble on the
Formica. Carefully I positioned the spring such that it is placed just
nicely on top of the marble. I attached an 80A filter to enhance the cold
blue effect. A polarizing was utilized in this shot. Its function is to
get rid of the unflattering flare and glare on the plastic bag and the
6 - Next, I setup the tripod and my camera. After numerous attempts on the
shutter/aperture combinations and not to mention re-curling and expanding
the coil, I finally got this shot.
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