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01/01/2015 04:59:53 PM · #1
Post your weekly 2015 images here. Have fun!

Rules are simple. Make a photo every week, post it here and leave a few comments.

And if you're not on the list yet, feel free to join, just subscribe here

31_F.gif Ammie D80 today
21_F.gif Ann
30861.gif Bear_Music
21.gif buzzrock
21_F.gif Catherine_B Beautiful Del Norte County, CA
31_F.gif colorcarnival No theme
21_F.gif crik No theme (yet)
21.gif Cuttooth
21.gif daisydavid
21.gif davidw
21.gif DigiFotoBuddy Different techniques
21_F.gif Elaine No theme
21_F.gif Enlightened No theme
1031.gif GeneralE Flip/Bend
21.gif hajeka My favorite daily photo
21.gif HornOUBet
21_F.gif jgirl57 No theme
21_F.gif jomari Whatever
811.gif karmat The Simple Things
21_F.gif LinMalAng
21.gif MelonMusketeer Oddball glass
21.gif MichaelC Travel
31_F.gif MichelleW Kids
21.gif MikeO
21_F.gif nam No theme
21_N.gif Pangurban No theme
21.gif pgirish007 No theme
21_F.gif pixelpig Jewelry
21_F.gif pmichaud Anything Goes
21_F.gif sfalice Abstract
21_F.gif ShutterPug Animals
21_F.gif vawendy Portraits
21.gif vlado Macro

Message edited by author 2015-03-11 14:47:40.
01/02/2015 02:59:26 PM · #2
For those not familiar with it, the Flip/Blend technique can easily yield numerous variations from a single original. Mostly I plan to post the original with one processed image and a link to the gallery with the rest of them, for this post I think I'll Include all of the variations. I may also use the previous week's entry (or an outtake) as the source image, but in this case I shot something specific ...
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01/03/2015 12:48:18 AM · #3
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Week One : Panoramic HDRI

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01/03/2015 03:43:35 AM · #4
Lets give it atry. Theme: D80 today
01/03/2015 05:39:45 PM · #5
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I've been making bracelets for the past year. I would like to figure out how to photograph them. Any comments at all are welcome. Any ideas are welcome. I've worked out a little tabletop stage which I'll post a shot of here, ideas on how I can tweak that are also welcome.

This is a good example of the kind of shot I don't want to perfect. But, I have to start somewhere I guess. I don't like it because it's a basic lay it down on a flat surface & shoot it example. The trouble is, I wear these bracelets. The strands are at different lengths, so they layer well when on the wrist, but this makes them look awkward when arranged on a flat surface. They come alive on the wrist in a way that has so far been impossible to photograph.

Message edited by author 2015-01-03 18:26:42.
01/03/2015 06:11:07 PM · #6
Originally posted by GeneralE:

Originally posted by pixelpig:

I'm hoping for some critical comments from people in this thread maybe some ideas.

My first thought is to work on focus-stacking so you can take macros with more depth but in-focus throughout, similar to what you've posted, but it would let you shoot at more angles. Also, if I was designing a "catalog page" for your jewelry I'd probably show the item being worn in addition to one or more close-ups.

The combination of wearing the piece and focus-stacking might help capture that "aliveness" you can see with your eyes but not the camera (so far).
01/03/2015 06:18:35 PM · #7
WEEK 1

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Best buddies
01/03/2015 06:29:26 PM · #8
Originally posted by pixelpig:

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I've been making bracelets for the past year. I would like to figure out how to photograph them. Any comments at all are welcome. Any ideas are welcome. I've worked out a little tabletop stage which I'll post a shot of here, ideas on how I can tweak that are also welcome.

This is a good example of the kind of shot I don't want to perfect. But, I have to start somewhere I guess. I don't like it because it's a basic lay it down on a flat surface & shoot it example. The trouble is, I wear these bracelets. The strands are at different lengths, so they layer well when on the wrist, but this makes them look awkward when arranged on a flat surface. They come alive on the wrist in a way that has so far been impossible to photograph.


I just did a quick google search for manniquin arms and legs and came up with a bunch of sources for them. There may be something in there that will help. That is a lovely bracelet and 'should' be displayed with originality.
:)
01/03/2015 07:01:48 PM · #9
Originally posted by GeneralE:

Originally posted by GeneralE:

Originally posted by pixelpig:

I'm hoping for some critical comments from people in this thread maybe some ideas.

My first thought is to work on focus-stacking so you can take macros with more depth but in-focus throughout, similar to what you've posted, but it would let you shoot at more angles. Also, if I was designing a "catalog page" for your jewelry I'd probably show the item being worn in addition to one or more close-ups.

The combination of wearing the piece and focus-stacking might help capture that "aliveness" you can see with your eyes but not the camera (so far).


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Ugh! No! put it on the wrist to photograph & it suddenly becomes all about the arm. The arm in isolation is just plain WIERD. Plus it would have to be a Perfect Arm (not mine!).
01/03/2015 07:13:38 PM · #10
Count me in!
(Although most will be with the iPhone)

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01/03/2015 07:53:41 PM · #11
Originally posted by pixelpig:

Ugh! No! put it on the wrist to photograph & it suddenly becomes all about the arm. The arm in isolation is just plain WIERD. Plus it would have to be a Perfect Arm (not mine!).

Not what I meant -- I was still envisioning macros but with more "dimension" conferred by the draping ... see Deb's link for ideas on aquiring a "perfect arm" (or neck) to act as a very patient model.

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01/04/2015 07:58:25 AM · #12
If I'm going to enter a photo a week I'm going to have to take whatever chances I get! I spotted a field of these splendid beasts whilst out for a walk. I just happened to have my camera but only my standard lens, which meant I had to get quite close and personal - luckily they are much more docile than the horns would suggest!

Grateful for advice on what I could do to improve it either before or during processing.

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01/04/2015 08:46:30 AM · #13
Originally posted by pixelpig:

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I've been making bracelets for the past year. I would like to figure out how to photograph them. Any comments at all are welcome. Any ideas are welcome. I've worked out a little tabletop stage which I'll post a shot of here, ideas on how I can tweak that are also welcome.


I've been thinking about this and even tried googling for some ideas -but to no avail. It seems that necklaces can be quite easily displayed so that they hang as they would around the neck, but that this is more difficult for bracelets; you could use the same sort of displays but then you'd lose the scale of the bracelet. I did wonder if you could use an interesting bottle and drape them around the neck (if upright) or hang it horizontally with bracelet looped. I have neither the jewellery nor the bottle to show this off properly but below will give you a flavour of what I was thinking. Perhaps fill clear bottle with coloured water? Or find a way of lighting it in a special way to show off the bracelet?

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01/04/2015 10:02:33 AM · #14
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Hi Ellie. Yes, this is an interesting possibility. I have been keeping an eye out for a clear glass something, about the diameter of a wrist. At first I tried a black glass something, but the reflections did not work. It's a challenge to make a photo about the bracelet only. And figuring out the right soft diffused light is not easy for me, either. And the typical product shot takes all the magic out of it. I will try anything, though. I happen to have a nice flat black bottle of champagne in the refrigerator now, I can try that today. Thanks Ellie!

@ 21_F.gif sfalice
Hi Alice. How silly of me, it never occurred to me to buy a mannequin arm! Gotta look into this. Thanks!

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01/04/2015 04:31:22 PM · #15
Well, I didn't pick a theme, so I just bought a Nikon 1 Series V2 and will try to use that 1" sensor every week....unless I dump it.LOL
My Best Friend, Rodney...a rescue about 8 or 9 years old...settled in for his afternoon nap....

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01/04/2015 04:36:10 PM · #16
Abstract #1
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01/04/2015 06:54:12 PM · #17
Week 1:

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01/04/2015 08:56:53 PM · #18
Week 1:

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01/04/2015 10:08:52 PM · #19
Week 1 in my quest to find a way to shoot a bracelet that captures the magic as well as displays the detail & gives a sense of scale. I've been spending most of my free time making bracelets. Now, it's time to photograph them! These first shots are all hand held, with my iPhone. I'm just looking for a place to start. I'm aware that I will have to put my camera on a tripod at some point, & probably get bigger reflectors. All comments & suggestions are welcome!

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My improvised setup. A shot there has no sense of scale. Money doesn't work. Champagne bottle is not good, either.

Unless someone has another suggestion, I guess I've got to go shopping for a mannequin arm.

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01/04/2015 10:52:42 PM · #20
I think you can make that black bottle work -- mainly get rid of the background.

Light your jewelry from the front with two lights (preferably diffused) at about 45° from each side. Put some white paper or foam-core or something behind the bottle and flood it with more light than you are using in the front to blow out the BG. Set a custom WB and low/soft lighting in front with a long exposure/small aperture (you DID mention a tripod) should help isolate the stuff ...
01/04/2015 11:41:07 PM · #21
Originally posted by GeneralE:

I think you can make that black bottle work -- mainly get rid of the background.

Light your jewelry from the front with two lights (preferably diffused) at about 45° from each side. Put some white paper or foam-core or something behind the bottle and flood it with more light than you are using in the front to blow out the BG. Set a custom WB and low/soft lighting in front with a long exposure/small aperture (you DID mention a tripod) should help isolate the stuff ...


Thanks, I'm willing to try it, even though it does sound suspiciously like a good setup for traditional product photography. Who knows? I might like it! The main problem with the bottle, for me, is that you wouldn't know it was a bracelet, just from the shot. And my bracelets have different detail all the way around, so about 50% of it is hiding on the other side of the bottle. It may take a whole year to figure this out!!
01/05/2015 12:46:52 AM · #22
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My theme for 2015 is Del Norte County in the very northern coastal portion of California. We are blessed to be surrounded by Redwood National and State Parks. I live 2 miles from the beach (there are 10 different ones to choose from!) and 3 miles from the giant Redwood trees, and lots of interesting areas in between. To say there is an abundance of natural beauty is a gross understatement!

This image is from Dead Lake which used to be a holding pond for logging operations. Part of the Tolowa Dunes State Park, it was very peaceful on January 1,2015.
01/05/2015 01:19:45 AM · #23
Week 1
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01/05/2015 01:25:27 AM · #24
Originally posted by pixelpig:

The main problem with the bottle, for me, is that you wouldn't know it was a bracelet, just from the shot. And my bracelets have different detail all the way around, so about 50% of it is hiding on the other side of the bottle. It may take a whole year to figure this out!!


Mirrors?
01/05/2015 03:14:00 AM · #25
week 1
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They don't come by often but when they do I love photographing them.
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