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Apr 19, 2008 12:50 |  #1

I have been shooting watches for some years now and in recent years photographing rare luxury watches for magazines. I keep an ongoing blog where I critique and publish a large portion of my watch photographs where my fellow watch enthusiasts can enjoy the images.

If watch photography fascinates you, do visit it at:

http://watchinghorolog​y.comexternal link


Note that the column on the right of my blog has slideshows of the watches (which dearly needs an update!)

Thanks for dropping by! :-)


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Apr 20, 2008 01:08 |  #2

Here are some of my more recent images I published online as well as having them seen in magazines. THANKS FOR LOOKING! :-)

http://i3.photobucket.​com ...uetChainFuseeCOVERW​EB.jpg (external link)

IMAGE: http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y57/cyberlawprof/Watches/VHAntiquaCover.jpg

http://i3.photobucket.​com ...atches/GoldPfielVHW​EB.jpg (external link)

IMAGE: http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y57/cyberlawprof/Watches/IWCJubileeWEB1.jpg

http://i3.photobucket.​com ...ches/KVObserPOSTERw​eb.jpg (external link)

http://i3.photobucket.​com ...s/GOSplitMovementWe​b1.jpg (external link)


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Apr 20, 2008 16:37 |  #3

some really nice shots here


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Apr 20, 2008 16:39 |  #4

Stunning. Period.


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Apr 21, 2008 03:30 |  #5

Fantastic!


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Jun 02, 2008 21:57 |  #6

Great shots! I am curious what kind of setup would one use to get the watch floating in mid air effect? Such as in shots 3 and 4?

Also what kind of lighting do you use for this type of photography. I'm just a beginner with this type of thing and am trying some compact florescent bulbs (~5500k) one on each side of a light box. Any tips from a pro would be greatly appreciated!

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Jun 03, 2008 01:46 |  #7

Hi Jay

Its all photoshop magic to make it look like floating.
Of course you need a watch stand of sorts but you clone it away.

As for lighting, you need to experiment with all kinds. That is an expensive lesson to learn and that is how I did it. Tough to advise as it depends on what type of watches, environment conditions and amount of light you need for the intended effect.

BTW white backgrounds often turn out to be light grey on processing. So its difficult to work with accurately. I personally avoid messy background and props. Too inconsistent and I want my images to be easily identified as my style without backgrounds. You need to find a style that suits you and keeps you happy.

jayhova wrote in post #5646866external link
Great shots! I am curious what kind of setup would one use to get the watch floating in mid air effect? Such as in shots 3 and 4?


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Jun 03, 2008 01:53 |  #8

Beautiful shots and time pieces Harry. The lighting is flawless.


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Jun 03, 2008 01:55 as a reply to Canonised's post |  #9

Here are a few more I recently published.

There will be a slew of a few more watches over the next week and will share them here.

IMAGE: http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y57/cyberlawprof/Watches/LangeRotor-web.jpg

IMAGE: http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y57/cyberlawprof/Watches/IMG_9374a-web.jpg

For a wmv movie I produced of the Lange watch above, check out this LINK (external link).

IMAGE: http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y57/cyberlawprof/Watches/VinPlatDaVinciDialWEB.jpg

IMAGE: http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y57/cyberlawprof/Watches/IMG_0603-WEB2.jpg

IMAGE: http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y57/cyberlawprof/Watches/IMG_0638web.jpg


IMAGE: http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y57/cyberlawprof/Watches/IMG_8915poster.jpg


IMAGE: http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y57/cyberlawprof/Watches/PortofinoMoonWEB.jpg

IMAGE: http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y57/cyberlawprof/Watches/VintagePilotWEB.jpg

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Jun 03, 2008 02:08 as a reply to Canonised's post |  #10

The Ubiquitous Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch. This one is my own personal watch. Shot earlier this year. Shows that even a relatively entry level luxury watch from Omega can be quite a beautiful watch.

Notice that there is observable amount of dust? I often try to remove all but in some cases I leave a little on - just to prove that the watch is a real one and not CGI nor over photoshopped to make it look unrealistically clean. Esp. used watches.

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Jun 03, 2008 02:26 |  #11

You demonstrate a real mastery of lighting techniques and Macro. An inspirational collection of images, thanks for sharing!


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Jun 03, 2008 08:18 |  #12

Absolutely beautiful photos, I'm in awe!


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Jun 03, 2008 09:24 |  #13

Thanks so much for the tips. Love the Omega. The Seamaster Chrono or possibly the new Tag Grand Carrera is on my wishlist for my next time piece.

I also prefer the empty background look and have to start experimenting with black as opposed to white. I have read some things that suggest spray painting a piece of plexi and using some sort of black paper for back drop. If you don't mind me asking what type of setup do you use for the black background shots? Thanks agian.


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Jun 03, 2008 09:49 as a reply to jayhova's post |  #14

Gorgeous shots, it's easy to see how one can take an interest in collecting them.

Lol, I want some of them just to admire the craftsmanship put into them.


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Jun 03, 2008 10:13 |  #15

jayhova wrote in post #5649573external link
Thanks so much for the tips. Love the Omega. The Seamaster Chrono or possibly the new Tag Grand Carrera is on my wishlist for my next time piece.

I also prefer the empty background look and have to start experimenting with black as opposed to white. I have read some things that suggest spray painting a piece of plexi and using some sort of black paper for back drop. If you don't mind me asking what type of setup do you use for the black background shots? Thanks agian.

Hi Jay

I wrote a piece on introductory watch photography last year for a local paper that you can download and apply the theory there with your DSLR.

http://www.harrytan.sg ...0Watch%20Photograph​y1.pdfexternal link

For the backdrop I use deep matt black paper from art shops. Alternatively a good quality pitch black piece of velvet. :-)

BTW - check out this series of images I shot of my own Seamaster Chrono.
http://harrytan.sg/wat​ches/SMPCHRONO/index.h​tmlexternal link

Cheers
Harry


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