Pins and Needle

Pins and Needle

I like the way this one turned out, but I think it would have benefited from tripod treatment instead of being hand held. Hard to say, the shutter speed was pretty fast… but on a tripod, I could have closed the aperture just a little more, and perhaps sharpened up the needle ever so slightly (pardon the pun).


  1. James Moralde says:

    The way I look at the picture, the beauty seems really to lie on the composition as a whole, with the blurred colorful balls contributing most to the overall picture than the focused needle. Subtle and beautiful.

  2. For some strange reason, this picture reminds of space… all of those dots are the planets. Don’t know what the needle should be representing though…


  3. It is a great shot and if this was not on tripod it shows a steady hand… I also think it is a good test of your lenses… I am going to try something similar.

  4. Pretty good for a hand held. I don’t think that it would have been much of a difference with a tripod. Great job.

  5. Convincing use of bokeh. I see so many pictures where people are more interested by the bokeh of their lens than by what they put in this bokeh. But this picture is definitively a clever and artistic use of bokeh.

  6. I like it the way it is. I always used to get in trouble in art class for never having a distinctive line- as mine would all have slightly blurred edges. But something about it always makes it seem unfinished- and like it has more of a story to tell. So, you can look at it like your needles are just trying to jump out and sew more.

  7. It kind of looks like a child’s solar system project, in an obscure, left-field sort of way. I like the blurriness though; it kind of makes it quasi-3D.

  8. Someone above said something about space and planets! I got the same feeling 🙂

  9. TJ McDowell says:

    Are you using a macro lens for this shot? 100mm maybe? Just curious.

  10. I wish! I have my eye on the NIKKOR 100mm macro, and so far just haven’t been able to justify the cost.

    I took this with a nifty fifty – an inexpensive prime lens, with a Quantaray close-up filter. The filters allow me to get closer than I could otherwise, but they also shrink the depth of focus.

    Thanks for all the comments, everyone!

  11. Yes maybe the tripod would have improved the sharpness a tad, but I think this is still a masterpiece! I could see this enlarged and framed on my front room wall!

  12. With or without the tripod, who cares? It looks great! I’m sure you all agree with me.

  13. Xierver George says:

    I am a photography have only a 18 – 135mm canon kit lens at my disposal. I wanted to take macro shots but can’t really afford a macro lens right now. One very optimistic goal of mine is to capture a single snow flake this winter.

  14. Yes definitely planets! It has a futuristic feel about it.

  15. This is a wicked image!

  16. That’s a very creative photograph. You’ve managed to photograph just some needles and turned them into a very creative and colorful image.

  17. Very galactical. I could have that on my wall and stare into it and see a different story every day. Wonderful

  18. Love this picture!

  19. Do you have any more like this?

  20. This one is one-of-a-kind in my collection.

  21. How did you set up your camera so that in only focused only on the needle, while it kept the pins in the blur?

    • I set the camera so the shutter opened as wide as possible. When you do this, items that are different distances from the lens become out of focus. In this case, because I was so close to the pins, the effect is exaggerated.

  22. Francois says:

    Nice photograph. The pins really look like the solar system. Too bad you did not have a larger pin so that it looked like the sun 🙂

  23. The photo is fantastic

  24. Love the photo! It’s an interesting point of view 🙂

  25. You’re quite a photographer!

  26. Liewilyn Baynosa says:

    WOWWWW… that is all I can say… Love it

  27. I LOVE this! The colors are great! I’m huge fan of close-ups, probably why I like so many of your shots, but this might be one of my favorites!

    • Thanks, Chelsea. It’s important to me to be able to get close… part of why I added a new lens to my bag. I’ll have to be careful not to get TOO close… stay tuned!

  28. Pins and needles looks so pretty. their color and their shadow look so beautiful Iall people like this type of colorful life then this picture teach us a lot……….

  29. Those images looks very nice.Even the texture is a bit blurd but still it shows a very awesome and powerful content.

  30. Love the caption on this picture. When I ready it as first I was expecting something voodoo related or a foot fallen asleep, it was a pleasant surprise to see such bright colors and almost gumball like essence.

  31. For some reason….and I’m not sure why, if a thumbnail image captures my attention and I enlarge that photo. I will undoubtedly love that photo. I love the array of colors here and I wouldn’t worry for a second about the focus…it’s perfect. Lovin It!

Comment Policy: Unless you've received special dispensation (you know who you are), you must use your real name. We're all friends here, so if you want to be "Ron the plumber," that's cool, but you can't be "Best Plumber." See the comment policy for more.

Leave a Comment