Unspent One by Randy Turnbow
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At least one guy didn’t blow his top.

Canon 7D, f/11, 2 s, ISO-200, 47mm

Slow shutter speed to capture multi-color light wand in the dark, no flash. Single photo, cropped and tone adjusted in PS Lightroom.


shell, cartridge, round, spent, unspent, 12, gauge, plastic

I am self taught, with an imagination that will not stop. I started drawing as a kid, and dabbled with correspondence art school but never took art in high school or college because I felt it might constrain me. I was wrong, but no crying over spilled milk.

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  • Donna19
    Donna19about 1 year ago

    Yeah, there’s always that one who has to spoil it for the rest of us:) Interesting…

  • Ok, I can’t interpret that comment any differently than to think you are an explosive artist…;-)…thanks kindly for the visit and fave Donna.

    – Randy Turnbow

  • carol brandt
    carol brandtabout 1 year ago

    America’s gun laws scare the shit out of me….
    Hey Randy, I just did a Freudian. I had actually typed, America’s FUN laws…. oooooeeeerrr …creeeeepy…

  • Some of those laws scare me too Carol, but probably not for the same reason they do you. Two Cautionary Tales of Gun Control

    – Randy Turnbow

  • Josie Jackson
    Josie Jacksonabout 1 year ago

    Love the title and concept Randy, I love the light coming off them, very interesting piece of artwork :o)x Hope you had a Happy Easter

  • Thanks Josie, had a great Easter, hope you did as well! I got some shots of the little ones doing their thing!

    – Randy Turnbow

  • Lynn Gedeon
    Lynn Gedeonabout 1 year ago

    Nice pattern!

  • Thanks Lynn!

    – Randy Turnbow

  • John Velocci
    John Velocciabout 1 year ago

  • BigD
    BigDabout 1 year ago

  • Thanks BigD, appreciate the feature a lot!

    – Randy Turnbow

  • Robert Kelch, M.D.
    Robert Kelch, ...about 1 year ago

    Fascinating composition and visual commentary. Congratulations!

  • Thanks Robert, appreciate the view and comment!

    – Randy Turnbow

  • Poverty
    Povertyabout 1 year ago

    Don’t know what to say. I would never have thought in a thousand years that spent cartridges could become something that I would look at twice. Lighting just great as is your patience. Cheers Randy. Tony.

  • Thanks Tony. I took a lot of photos with this setup but this is the only one that really stood out. I agree, it’s not your typical art piece and most folks are a bit put off by the gun stigma, but I’m glad you stopped and commented my friend!

    – Randy Turnbow

  • Poverty
    Povertyabout 1 year ago

    Just read – Two Cautionary Tales of Gun Control as you put in your reply to Carol and living here in the U.K. appreciate why you guided her to the article. Gang shootings are also on the increase here especially in the large cities such as London and Birmingham including many deaths by so called " Drive By " incidents. There are now more and more armed police on U.K. streets than you would imagine but the number of shooting incidents continues to climb. I have no idea what the answer is. Tony.

  • It’s tough Tony, no easy answers for sure and lots of polarization on a topic like this. Everyone should be properly informed if anything. Thanks for the thougtful comment.

    – Randy Turnbow

  • Poverty
    Povertyabout 1 year ago

    I would never in a thousand years have expected to look twice at an image of used ( except that one ) cartridges but, this is a really fascinating shot. The arrangement and lighting are perfect. Great one Randy. Cheers.Tony.

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