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Old Feb 24, 2008, 3:58 PM   #1
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Hello,
I had this idea of a more studio-like shooting for quite a while... now while discussing other things here at Steves Forum I wondered if a certain setup would work for close-up photography and I gave it a try. I have to find more interesting objects, I know, but what I want to know is how you like the spot-light idea and your comments on lighting in general since this is really my very first try to do such things.

All pictures taken with my Pentax *istDL2, Pentax-A 50mm/1.7 lense on a tripod. Lighting was done with 2 LED pocket lamps. I had only a very limited area to place and lighten things so composition isn't the main focus here, especially not for #3...

#1 - a little figurine without name, normally sitting in a shelf



#2 - a hammered glass, unable to stand up straight



#3 - espresso someone?



#4 - physalis fruit



#5 - thermometer



Ok - that's it. #2, 4 and 5 are my favourites so far. 9x13cm prints are way too small I found - will test bigger prints the other day, especially #2 and 4 could make a nice poster I reckon. Afterall I am not too disappointed about the outcome.

What's your opinion? Am I on the right track?

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Old Feb 24, 2008, 4:31 PM   #2
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#4 really works for me. You just seemed to have gotten the subject, the light, the darkness spot on.
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Old Feb 24, 2008, 5:43 PM   #3
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Very nice use of reflections. Well done!
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Old Mar 2, 2008, 6:18 PM   #4
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Thanks for the kind replies,
at the moment I gather stuff to build a better "semi-gloss" ground, will hopefully be able to post some new photos within the next week.

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UPDATE - New Series

A word in advance: this is no advertising for beer or alcohol in general, I am not associated withthat company, it just happened to look interesting so I took some photos and postprocessed them a bit. I didn't even knew that they also use a lot of black for their original advertising but was told so by a friend. If there are any objections please leave me a note and I'll remove the pictures.

That being said- let's move on.

#1 - a pearl...



#2 - the two sides...



#3 - upside down



I invite you tohave a closer look at each photo as there is kind of asurprise in all three of them Nothing to go hype about, ok...

How do you like them?


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I think these worked really well. On the espresso cup shot, the light might have been better focused on the cartoon, but it was perfect in the hammered glass shot.

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@NonEntity1

well - at the espresso cup shot I was occupied by the huge dynamic range... it was very difficult to place the lights and get the exposure right... thus I didn't pay attention to that

As you saw by the Guinness shots I'm still doing something in that area and try to learn a bit after every "session". I'll try to remember your advise next time!

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Great shots, well thought out..........................musket.
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Old Mar 11, 2008, 3:47 PM   #9
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musket wrote:
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Great shots, well thought out..........................musket.
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I am not sure where to go from here... the basic setup works... my only idea is to to "play" with the light position on the same target and see what this does to the picture.

Also I am unsure on my next objects to take photos of. Plenty of stuff in the house but you know... a good idea always helps to take a good shot... :?
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Old Mar 12, 2008, 7:33 PM   #10
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Hey! What a lovely series of pics!

I think I have found a soulmate.. in some way.. I also like to study the light and shadow.. It's a lot of fun!

PS. Exactly in this style I have got a pic of my daughter Dagnija.. should be somewhere in family members thread..
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