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Oct 29, 2013 21:45 |  #1

Hi, would appreciate any comments/critique to improve. I mainly take landscape shots, but figured I'd try my hand at still/product-style photography when bored this evening. Just using a tripod with a softbox off to the left.

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Oct 31, 2013 15:19 |  #2

I think they're all good. I prefer the first one but think that the blurred second hand is a bit distracting in all of them.




  
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Nov 01, 2013 09:24 |  #3

Good taste ! Saddleback Leather wallet and a Ball watch !

I prefer the first one, but as Mark48 said, I too find the blurred second hand distracting.


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Nov 02, 2013 09:03 |  #4

Thanks, I was trying to figure out how to freeze the second hand but didn't want to crank ISO. Will maybe try that next time.


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Nov 06, 2013 13:27 |  #5

Typically you can pull out the crown (some REALLY hate this) if the movement hacks to stop the second hand, or wait for the power to run down and then "freeze" the second hand. There are a few methods to do this and it will depend on the movement which technique is used. By either "backhacking" a non-hack movement or restarting the movement with minimal power the repeatedly pulling out the crown to stop it where you want the second hand stopped until eventually the movement will not restart when the crown is clicked in are the two methods I prefer. If you ever take "lume shots" which require long exposures, one of these techniques is almost mandatory as you'll end up with 10 to 15 seconds of sweeping second hand in the shot. Some people find that pretty cool, others find it distracting as stated above.

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... that being said your shots above are really nice. Watch photography is like it's own little specialty and you can find a TON of really bad examples out there. You have really nice composition, a great uncluttered background, and really good depth of field on all 4 shots. The only thing I would say is that the hands are out of "optimal position" in shots 3 and 4 but positioned correctly in shots 1 and 2. As you can see in the second shot I usually try to keep the second hand somewhere between the 7 and 8 markers as long as that position does not obscure any text or features on the dial. Exemplified by the top shot, this does not always work and some improvisation is required. Chronographs are a whole different animal though.

At the risk of having my post laughed at, I wall also say "nice Ball" ;) .



  
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Nov 06, 2013 19:58 |  #6

Thanks a ton for the information! I shot a few pulling the crown out, and thought it really looked stupid. I'm going to try some of those methods and see what I can come with. I appreciate it, and you have some awesome work.


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Nov 09, 2013 01:50 |  #7

very clean. great job


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