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Shoot Fine Art … with a mechanical bearing!

Sometimes,the idea come in the situation we didn’t expect.Now, i want to create a fine art with everyday objects into potential subjects.

Mechanical bearing is pretty boring as a subject in general,because i’m looking it everyday at my workplace.So,I tried to challenge myself to take picture more interesting and created my own unique piece of work.


The idea comes when i shoot the bearing with my iPhone camera.Actually, built-in camera of phone, can create an idea before you want to shoot with your DSLR.Rules number one, shoot with different angle to get the best as i want.


I tried several ways to rotate the bearing.Because i’m at a low light environments, a slow shutter was detected by iPhone camera.Which I shoot the bearing at the end of the frame and try another angle.Well, i’m not happy with the first shoot.I don’t think so!




Last shot, the idea finally was reveal and I find exciting way.I used a LED torchlight to create a shadow from subject.Then, as I get closer, you see an interesting patterns that reflected on the paper, also the shadows created by light source adds to the patterns which changed as I angled the bearing in different positions.


So,I decided to shoot with my DSLR for better result.My setup is very simple,a white paper 25″ x 35″ inch was create as a background,a iPhone application call “iLight”.That it!!!!….how simple right??

I used prime lens of 30mm f/14.A small aperture of f/11 was selected to maximize depth-of-field and sharpen the subject.As always,shoot with different style,angle and adjustment to get a better result.

After all,I do some treatment with very simple photoshop technique.Make sure you shoot RAW so you can adjust the white balance at the post-processing stage.As my image are very monotone anyway,I also go with another look,by losing the color completely and going sepia instead.For me,this conversion will give your abstract an ever better looks.Cropping and Rotate            180′ degree of image will at more dramatic looks.



Whatever lighting fall off to bearing surface will create shadow and reflection at the same time.The pattern will change as i angle the bearing and lighting in different positions.

A cheese grater can produce some ideal subjects.Go beyond looking at the object for what it is and look closely at the detail and shape instead.You’ll see it’s much more interesting than you thought.Use your imagination to reveal it.

Posted by Aswad Alwee on 05/06/2012
2 Comments Post a comment
  1. 06/6/2012

    Fantastic. You are a true artist. I’m happy I found your blog, hopefully you will improve my, and others’, photography.

  2. 06/6/2012

    Excellent idea, excellent result!

    Thanks for sharing it, my friend. 🙂

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