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Jul 03, 2008 09:01 as a reply to  @ post 5800976 |  #31

Here is a recent piece that I put together of Vianney the watchmaker and his watch. He was in town for a visit and had him for a quick portrait. I put his portrait together with his most famed watch and got this composition.

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Jul 03, 2008 14:05 |  #32

That is one awesome watch.


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Jul 03, 2008 17:05 |  #33

Terrific photos and watches. Thanks for sharing.


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Jul 03, 2008 18:33 as a reply to  @ post 5649862 |  #34

I don't know which one impresses me more, the workmanship/delicacy on the watches or the technique in the photography.

Thank you for posting these.


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Jul 07, 2008 01:38 |  #35

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Terrific photos and watches. Thanks for sharing.

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That is one awesome watch.

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I don't know which one impresses me more, the workmanship/delicacy on the watches or the technique in the photography.

Thank you for posting these.

Thanks everyone for the very kind comments. Its the passion and determination to perfect the photography which pushes me to never accept the mediocre. Guess its commonly described as being anal! :-)

Here is one more just published of a very rare pocket watch.

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Jul 07, 2008 03:06 |  #36

Truely fabulous photographs. What did you use to take these with? (My great-uncle was a watchmaker in the mid 1800's)

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Truely fabulous photographs. What did you use to take these with? (My great-uncle was a watchmaker in the mid 1800's)

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Thanks TJ
I shot them with 5D in RAW and 100mm f2.8 macro. I did use extension tubes with the close ups. In some cases I use the 90mm TSE as well.

People had asked me if I could improve the images with the pro bodies and my answer is probably but not discernable to most. The key is cost (as I am a semi pro only - doing it freelance for watch magazines) and need. The 1Ds 3 allows me to print really large but I have no call for it.

There are some who suggested medium format as well but the issues with DOF and size of the camera makes that a unpalatable option.

I have yet to see if my photography can truly be improved by upgrading to higher resolution or larger format. Its all a balance of compromises. :-)

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Jan 02, 2009 23:35 as a reply to  @ Canonised's post |  #38

Thank you for these photos Harry. Like you I was a really into watches before I got into photography. These are very impressive pictures. One of my goals is to document all of the watches in my collection as well as my collection of vintage robots. You just helped me decide on the next lens that I should get (100m macro)




  
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Thank you for these photos Harry. Like you I was a really into watches before I got into photography. These are very impressive pictures. One of my goals is to document all of the watches in my collection as well as my collection of vintage robots. You just helped me decide on the next lens that I should get (100m macro)

I am very sure that you will not be disappointed with the lens. But be prepared to make it work. The key to watch photography is perserverance. The lighting on still life jewelry is the crunch. So I would encourage you to keep trying different techniques and find one that you like and that works. Apart from macros, the 100mm doubles often as a portrait lens for me.

Just last week I upgraded my 5D to the new 5D2 for the sole purpose of watch photography. It will probably be a marginal improvement (diminishing marginal improvement theory - it gets exponentially more expensive in terms of equipment to see the next level of image improvement) but I hope it would increase my probably of keepers.

I have so far discovered that the new camera shows off the limits of lenses. But when you strap on good quality glass, it sings like no other.

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Jan 04, 2009 08:01 as a reply to  @ Canonised's post |  #40

Greetings,
I think watch photography and jeweleries alike need not only excellent lens, but also quality light control. Off-camera flash is a must. I enjoy doing watch photography as it challenges me with my lighting control skills. Just a simple photo to share. Please comment. Enjoy...


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I think watch photography and jeweleries alike need not only excellent lens, but also quality light control. Off-camera flash is a must. I enjoy doing watch photography as it challenges me with my lighting control skills. Just a simple photo to share. Please comment. Enjoy...

Hi George
I agree with your comments on lighting control and that watch photography is very challenging.

As for your image, nicely composed. I like the Explorer 1 and you captured its character well here. Most people do not realise that photographing black dial is a tough challenge because of reflections and flaring shows up more. As you see in your image there is an uneven exposure - kind of a flare on the top end of the crystal. Common occurance. It takes a lot of trial and error to get it right and there is no pat answer how to do it. Its about angles. If you check my images, there is an illusion as if there is no crystal. Having said that, there are some professional images that do capture the watch with that flare - so its a personal thing.

Also its the very small details that catches the eye. I noticed some red/orange artifacts on the bottom right which distracted the whole capture Easily improved by colour replacement in PS.


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Hi George
I agree with your comments on lighting control and that watch photography is very challenging.

As for your image, nicely composed. I like the Explorer 1 and you captured its character well here. Most people do not realise that photographing black dial is a tough challenge because of reflections and flaring shows up more. As you see in your image there is an uneven exposure - kind of a flare on the top end of the crystal. Common occurance. It takes a lot of trial and error to get it right and there is no pat answer how to do it. Its about angles. If you check my images, there is an illusion as if there is no crystal. Having said that, there are some professional images that do capture the watch with that flare - so its a personal thing.

Also its the very small details that catches the eye. I noticed some red/orange artifacts on the bottom right which distracted the whole capture Easily improved by colour replacement in PS.

Greetings,
Thanks buddy for your frank comments and tips. Enjoy...


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Jan 06, 2009 18:12 |  #43

Simply exquisite, Harry!!! Such beautiful work!!!


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Simply exquisite, Harry!!! Such beautiful work!!!

Thanks Barry :-)
Really appreciate the compliment very much. I will share my more recent images over the next few days when I can get the time to post them up the web.

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Here are two from mid 2008 that I liked very much. Believe it or not, the watch maker was shot with a G9

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