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Mar 06, 2018 17:26 |  #1156

Ballen Photo wrote in post #18579208 (external link)
Grip safeties are OK, but when you need the thing most is not the time to have to start wondering "did I click the safety off?"

Truth !

Although, I bet that CyberDyne has got the muscle-memory down to a T !
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Mar 10, 2018 10:22 |  #1157

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Mar 11, 2018 03:41 |  #1158

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Mar 12, 2018 21:57 |  #1159

Been a long time since attempting to photograph a knife, pretty challenging. You guys make them look so good! Thought I'd see what it took to keep the pantographed signature and lettering legible while not losing the rubbed finish. To get that had to shoot it straight so it looks flat to me.
Light is about a 30 degree angle to the knife so that the softbox didn't white it out. Going to have to practice more with this one. :-|


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Mar 12, 2018 22:44 |  #1160

ra40 wrote in post #18584142 (external link)
Been a long time since attempting to photograph a knife, pretty challenging. You guys make them look so good! Thought I'd see what it took to keep the pantographed signature and lettering legible while not losing the rubbed finish. To get that had to shoot it straight so it looks flat to me.
Light is about a 30 degree angle to the knife so that the softbox didn't white it out. Going to have to practice more with this one. :-|


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Mar 13, 2018 07:26 |  #1161

ra40 wrote in post #18584142 (external link)
Been a long time since attempting to photograph a knife, pretty challenging. You guys make them look so good! Thought I'd see what it took to keep the pantographed signature and lettering legible while not losing the rubbed finish. To get that had to shoot it straight so it looks flat to me.
Light is about a 30 degree angle to the knife so that the softbox didn't white it out. Going to have to practice more with this one. :-|


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Mar 13, 2018 13:48 |  #1163

Thanks PhotosGuy and corythosaurus,

Any tips for preserving the blade finish when lighting them? Before when I'd taken pictures of knives it had become "accepted" to let the blade go white yet on these nice hand rubbed finishes, that seemed terrible to lose the blade that way.




  
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Mar 13, 2018 16:45 |  #1164

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Thanks PhotosGuy and corythosaurus,

Any tips for preserving the blade finish when lighting them? Before when I'd taken pictures of knives it had become "accepted" to let the blade go white yet on these nice hand rubbed finishes, that seemed terrible to lose the blade that way.

I like to use a large source, like a wall. Find where you need to put the light to reflect in the blade, & then move it around so that the unlit part of the wall also reflects in the blade. Easy to do, & hard to explain!
There are some set-up images on page 1 & 2 of this thread that might help: Knife lighting problem


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Mar 14, 2018 21:10 |  #1165

ra40 wrote in post #18584666 (external link)
Thanks PhotosGuy and corythosaurus,

Any tips for preserving the blade finish when lighting them? Before when I'd taken pictures of knives it had become "accepted" to let the blade go white yet on these nice hand rubbed finishes, that seemed terrible to lose the blade that way.

My experience has been managing the angles of the light source to the blade and the blade to the camera. Each blade is obviously different and adjusting each angle can drastically change the detail of the blade. I will even use black cards to manage the light hitting the blade. I easily can take 10-12 shots to get one I like.


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Mar 14, 2018 21:12 |  #1166

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Mar 14, 2018 23:07 |  #1167

PhotosGuy and corythosaurus, will apply those techniques.

This was pretty tricky and I wasn't happy with how the blade came out. Move one thing something got lost so finding the balance eluded me on this one. Decrease output and something would block up and or increase and cook it. Damascus blades are far easier to deal with. ;-)a


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Mar 15, 2018 01:18 |  #1168

Spyderco Schempp with Custom Lather Sheath.

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Mar 15, 2018 06:10 as a reply to  @ VaDimZH's post |  #1169

I don't know what that is (other than an Ed Schempp designed Spyderco) but its awesome !
It would make a nice partner to my Persian.


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Mar 15, 2018 06:48 |  #1170

Appears to be the Spyderco Rock with a custom sheath. Stout blade for sure.


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