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Old Jan 15, 2004, 3:05 AM   #1
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I though the colors on this valve were quite impressive.... so I took a picture, and here it is.

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Old Jan 15, 2004, 7:53 AM   #2
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Wow! Instant pop art! Very, very nice.
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Old Jan 15, 2004, 9:08 AM   #3
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Good ole' corrossion -- nature's paint brush.
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Old Jan 15, 2004, 7:04 PM   #4
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I like those natural decay beauties. You did right sharing it.
May I give give a suggestion? It seems you used a no filtered flash light for the photo. This helps the colour to jump out, but it doesn't work well on the silver background.
Maybe you can try two photo's: 1 with plain flash and 1 exact same location with a filtered flash (a piece of rolling paper may do the trick) and combining both in an editor.
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Nature has it's own way of creating art.
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...but it doesn't work well on the silver background.
...a piece of rolling paper may do the trick
I think there are two ways of looking at this photo. One is to see it literally as a picture of what exists, in which case, you're right about the burned out sections. However, if looked at as if it were a painting, the burned out highlights appear as intentional streaks of white paint and actually enhance the composition.

What's rolling paper?
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What's rolling paper?
Paper used to roll your own cigarettes (or other such things.....).
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You got it :-)

The point I tried to make with dimming the background highlights is not to make them disappear, but just let them less standout.
We tend to take the part in an image with most contrast sharpest lines and so on as subject. While this works wonders for the valve itself this object, the background is a bit distracting too much (to my taste) (And yes this comes from painting knowledge ;-)
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We tend to take the part in an image with most contrast sharpest lines and so on as subject.
I looked back at the photo with this in mind and immediately saw what you meant. I have a background in painting, too, but it sure has faded over the years! Keep sharing your knowledge with us.
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Here we go. I messed around in PhotoShop a little bit and came up with this. Focuses more on the valve with the B&W background (white highlights changed to grey). I also gaussian blurred the background a bit.



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