Surely it can't be two weeks already?
Surely it can't be two weeks already?
30 days hath September, April, June & November.
All the rest have 31, except .... etc
July definitely doesn't have 143 days.
Last edited by Donald; 13th July 2010 at 10:26 AM.
Canon 500D, EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM, f/8, 1/90s, 3 flashes RF triggered, 4 images merged with Helicon Focus. PAD slideshow.
I went after a chisel shot again today, taking into consideration the comments from before, and I'm much happier with it. I stopped at the local WalMart and got a brass switchplate to use as a reflective base. Unfortunately, the hardware store was closed, so my choices were limited. I expected to have a lot of options in the housewares (pots and pans), but didn't see anything really good.
The fact that the chisel is off the base a little on the right is because of the base, not the chisel: it's a high-quality English chisel, and when I check it with an engineer's square, it's perfect.
I'm a little forward from before, and the lower angle on the side is visible in the reflection more than on the chisel itself, which I like. I took one more image this time for Helicon, so it's more in focus across the front. I like the brass to offset the reflection: I can make the reflection the same color simply by converting to B&W, but having the reflection in a different tone is a plus, I think.
C&C greatly appreciated.
Yes, I think that's better. The colour contrast helps, and I think the exposure is improved in V2. English quality, eh? That comes as a surprise - I thought we didn't make anything these days as all of our production has switched to the far east.
Rick - that is great. I prefer the angle and the closer view. (I think it's closer, anyway) and the brass plate does the reflection trick. Very good mix of tones and shapes and angles.
Colin: nice t.i.c humour. And you have even managed to make it look attractive and different.
Misty Morning, Martinborough.
This was a hurried pano taken this morning just before we left for the day. Misty and a frost, which threatened to hang about all day, given the cloud cover. We call these black frosts.
Got back late-ish so I completely forgot to sharpen this at all, but maybe the subject will allow a less than sharp accident.
(PS. If you have been looking at exif, I forgot to change the D80 at daylight saving time, so it looks later than it really is. One more little job for tomorrow.)
Last edited by carregwen; 14th July 2010 at 02:19 PM.
Thanks, Rob and Kit: your comments before (and Dave's) definitely helped.
Robert Sorby makes very good chisels: I don't suppose that Sheffield steel is noticeably better than Chinese steel today, since I'm sure everyone uses the same equipment. In fact, I'm not certain Sorby chisels use Sheffield steel: they don't say so.
That just reminded me to go and wind-up the grandfather clock in the hall, which had just about reached a standstill
Well done, Colin - and a nice concept, too. Of course I don't take my photography too seriously, unlike software I've worked on, which I'm sure will last for ages.
Very moody, Kit: I like it. I see what Rob says about being dark, but I'm not sure I'd change it. I'll be interested to see what you decide about sharpening or lightening, whether you decide to move away from what you have. I think this could be one of those like Richard (I think it was Richard) described, where you try lots of different curves and adjustments, and end up liking what you started with.
Wonderful image, Rob. Your work with the G1 certainly shows that you can take great photos without a Canon xD or xxD. If you do an album with G1 images, we can point people at that when we try to reassure them that they'll be able to take good pictures even with an entry-level DSLR.