It might look like a really complex image, but it is the simplest of all concepts. (3,021 views and 41 favourites on 25 August 2014.)

It’s not a giant tunnel in a museum – it’s just a little toy Slinky – but it’s heart-shaped instead of the common round ones.

I held it in my left hand, chose a focal length and let the Slinky drop out to its full length, shooting it simultaneously with my right hand while it sprang back and forth.

The Slinky was bi-coloured. It started out dark orange and gradually changed to a light green down the bottom. To create the impression of a perspective that was vanishing into the distance, I shot this in a room at home, in low light. But I shot it directly under a recessed light fitted to the ceiling, knowing that the glow at the bottom of the image, on the light-green plastic surface, would be interesting.

I shot five images, each from slightly different angles, but this is my favourite because it creates the impression of a never-ending pattern that starts and ends with a clear heart.

I do not crop, enhance or post-edit my images in any way. Shot with a Pentax K10D in June 2007. F3.5, 1/25sec, ISO 400, focal length 25mm.

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Top 10 in THIS LITTLE HEART OF MINE, July 2009.

Top 10 in MAKING THE ORDINARY EXTRAORDINARY, Aug 09

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Featured in ALL ABOUT FINDING THE UNUSUAL IN THE USUAL, February 2010.

Top 10, POWER OF SIMPLICITY, February 2010.

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Comments

  • Trish Woodford
    Trish Woodfordabout 5 years ago

    Wow, what a creative shot, really interesting :)

  • Thank you, Trish. Because it was shot in such low light, it looks a bit mysterious – but that was my intention. I’m so glad you liked this shot, and the concept.

    – David McMahon

  • Marie Sharp
    Marie Sharpabout 5 years ago

    Excellent creativity, David! I enjoy the colors and design!

  • Thank you so much, Marie – it was actually the first time I had ever seen a Slinky that shape. So that started me thinking … !!

    – David McMahon

  • roybarry
    roybarryabout 5 years ago

    Excellent creativity-I take my hat off to you!

  • Thank you very much, Barry. I was just sitting there, transfixed by the Slinky – when I thought, ``What a fun shot this would be’’!

    – David McMahon

  • kalizoomba
    kalizoombaabout 5 years ago

    Brilliant! Its lovely.

  • Thank you very much, Kalizoomba. I’m so glad you liked this image.

    – David McMahon

  • EarthGipsy
    EarthGipsyabout 5 years ago

    Superb!

  • Thank you very much, EarthGipsy, for the comment and also for considering it good enough to feature. I’m delighted that this simple image got your approval. My thanks, again.

    – David McMahon

  • karentillotson
    karentillotsonabout 5 years ago

    Wow, that’s very cooool what you’ve done here!!!! I’ve always thought slinky toys were wonderfully interesting…haha….you’ve proved it!!! Congrats on your feature!

  • Thanks so much, Karen. Yes, I’m always fascinated by light and the way it defines what we see. The Slinky was a huge inspiration here!

    – David McMahon

  • JUSTART
    JUSTARTabout 5 years ago

    wonderful !
    it does look complex…glad you told us how you captured it :)
    oh and congrats with feature !

  • Thanks for the kind comment, JustArt. I figured people might have an interest in how the image actually came about, so I’m glad you liked the explanation.

    – David McMahon

  • June Ferrol
    June Ferrolabout 5 years ago

    Great idea, very well presented, well done!

  • Thank you for your kind words, June. I am always intrigued by the simplest of sights, by how the mundane can be photographed to look out-of-the-ordinary.

    – David McMahon

  • foxyphotography
    foxyphotographyabout 5 years ago

  • Thank you ever so much, FoxyPhotography, for featuring this image. My thanks to you and your co-host. I’m delighted that a simple shot of a toy got the thumbs-up!

    – David McMahon

  • Jen Wahl
    Jen Wahlabout 5 years ago

    I have had a rough day… and this image makes it all better. Love the DoF… and the little orange heart waiting at the end. Very sweet.

  • Hi Jen, so sorry to hear you had a rough day. Hope you have a great weekend to compensate. I’m delighted that this simple image put a smile on your face. Take it easy and enjoy the weekend.

    – David McMahon

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