One Red

by GlynM

A while back I bought a 1000 3/8" ball bearings with a vague idea of using then to create an abstract. I never got around to doing anything with them until today.

I'm not sure this one really works but it reminded me how difficult it is to shoot shiny, reflective, objects.

I wondered if Ferraris have red bearings?


K20D with DA55-300 @ 260mm.
0.3sec, F16 & ISO 100
Uploaded11/09/2010 - 22:16
CategorySpecialist / Abstract
Shutter Speed1/3
Focal Length260mm

Posted 11/09/2010 - 23:02 Link
I think the red is perfectly positioned. It all works for me.

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Posted 11/09/2010 - 23:55 Link
I like it!

Did you use an led ring light?
Posted 12/09/2010 - 00:17 Link
Nicely done, I like this kind of thing. Was the red ball real or added in PP? It's very good
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Posted 12/09/2010 - 02:34 Link
Clearly, there's a faulty bearing in that lot. And out of the 1000 you bought, you've used less than 100. That's just wasteful. Anyway, this is a very eye-catching shot, which would also work well with a square crop. How was the lighting set-up done?
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Posted 12/09/2010 - 11:40 Link

Very clever and effective, Glynn.

It takes real cojones to produce and post an abstract composition like this.

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Posted 12/09/2010 - 14:59 Link
This is a perfect shot. It is really interesting and good idea.
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Posted 12/09/2010 - 15:06 Link
Many thanks to all of you for your comments.

The lighting was done using a daylight energy saving fluorescent lamp held directly above and just out of shot. The multiple dots are caused by reflections of the single lamp off of the adjacent balls.

I did start off using my DFA100 macro but being that close caused all sorts of problems with the reflections so I reverted to using the DA55-300 close to its long end. Experimentation also showed that a near perpendicular shot looked best, giving those nicely spaced light dots, so the tin of bearings was tilted around 30 degrees (the maximum before they all rolled out!) and the tripod was set at its highest (involving me standing on a chair to see through the viewfinder).

The bearings were 3 layers deep in the tin to avoid seeing the bottom of the tin so near to all the 1000 were actually used.

The red ball was sprayed with red paint, which took about an hour to dry. I did consider doing the red colour in PP but I don't think I would have got the 2 or 3 layers of reflection around the red ball that add extra detail to the shot.

I'm still trying to work out what else to do with all these ball bearings .

Edited by GlynM: 12/09/2010 - 15:12
Posted 12/09/2010 - 23:20 Link
I find it very creative after the explanation; a perfect shot, as Gabor says.

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