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Thursday, January 28, 2010

Reflections of a watch

I thought these would be neat for Weekend Reflections #18.  I took a ton of shots, playing with camera angle, aperture, and shutter speed.  It was quite educational and I encourage you to experiment under controlled conditions like this.



For this shot, I should have gone for a smaller aperture, like 10 or higher, to get the bottom left of the camera lens in focus. 


Canon EF 100mm f2.8 USM Macro lens
Exposure 0.8 sec @ f5.6
Aperture Priority
ISO 800
Curves adjusted for contrast










This one was done with shutter priority.  I'll let you figure out what the shutter speed was. 


Canon EF 100mm f2.8 USM Macro lens
Exposure (you figure it out) sec @ f10
ISO 800
Shutter Priority
Curves adjusted for contrast

29 comments:

James said...
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James said...

That is really cool! What a great idea. Nice watches too.

My photography shopping list is getting longer. I've never used a tripod but I really want one as well as lightroom and some books. Now I'm interested in your lens. :)

Thank you very much for answering my question in the last post. I my CP snd lens are both Tamron. Lens = Tamron AF 18-270mm.

David said...

Great pictures. It is fun to play around with shutter speeds. You have a fairly slow shutter speed on the last one, maybe three seconds! I hope you will let us know after a while.

Woody said...

James,
Thanks! My wife takes very good care of me 

I had a tripod from my dad's camera setup and thought I didn't need a new one. Boy, was I wrong! I got one with a quick release plate and it stays permanently attached to the camera. It takes mere seconds to get the camera on the tripod, so I use it much more. I recommend one with separate legs and ball head. There are a multitude of variables. You need to isolate the ones important to you and then find the best match. I actually ue a spreadsheet to help me track this and to keep an eye on prices.

I'm really like the Canon macro. They just introduced a 100mm L version with image stabilization. It’s double the price and my experience is that with macro, you need a tripod, so the IS is nice, but probably not necessary.

Have you ever visited New York Camera and Video on Street Road in Southampton? It should be reasonably close to you. It’s a dangerous place for your bank account. The people are very helpful and they stock a lot of equipment.
http://www.nycv.com/index.htm

On the lens/CP. I suspect you might see vignette below 25mm, but it might be fine at higher focal lengths. One trick is to google for your lens and see what others are commenting about the CP’s they have used.

Good luck and email me anytime.

Woody said...

David,
I will reveal the answer, but it’s staring you right in the face ;-)

Crafty Green Poet said...

excellent shots!

Coffeedoff said...

Great reflection!

Riet said...

Great photo's and reflections

Bonjour Luxembourg said...

You are very talented with your camera, wonderful work!
The watch is also beautiful!
Happy weekend reflections,
Léia

Nefertiti said...

attention de ne pas mettre le feu ;O)

Rebecca said...

Great catch of passing time!

Carolyn Ford said...

Very impressive reflections! Your information on lenses and tripods caught my attention...thank you.

Pat said...

I like how the reflection shows off the grain of the wood. Interesting compositions!

awarewriter said...

I knew I liked the second one better because you caught the movement of the second hand. Three seconds is my guess. Quartz second hands jump. Both are nice photos and very creative.

Ya gotta have (and use) a tripod. I've had my SLIK Pro 700DX for years. The first thing I did when I got it was buy a short post. The legs are independently adjustable and splay out so I can get close to the ground. My quick release plate is too big to stay on my camera.

Another neat thing about this tripod is the two built in levels.

mbkatc230 said...

Very cool idea! I really like these shots, and the subject matter is great. Now I'm going to go raid DH's vintage watch collection...Kathy

Woody said...

Thank you all for visiting and commenting!

The shutter speed on the second shot was 4 seconds. If you look at the face of the watch, you can clearly see 4 distinct impressions of the second hand and a very faint 5th. The second hand on this watch moves in discrete step. This was a surprise to me when I saw the photo because I was not expecting that behavior.


It's am amazing watch because it has no battery for the owner to replace. The internal battery is charged through the face of the watch. If the watch is left in the dark, the hands stop moving, but it maintains time (for as long as it can).

Ebie said...

I really like the second one, I could see the movement of the second hand. Very impressive!

Marka said...

Nice reflections! Hopefully I'll remember to put one up on Sunday. Cheers!

Regina said...

I agree with everyone really cool.I Love watches. This one is timeless and classic
Great and unique reflections!
Happy weekend.

Hilda said...

Reflections on wood — quite unusual and a terrific idea!

Have a happy weekend!

RuneE said...

Thank you for a perfect lesson - much to be learned her. BTW: the shutter speed was 4 seconds (I have not read the other comments).

namaki said...

nice and thanks for all the explaination !;-)

Icy BC said...

Very wonderful pictures, and your tips for the photos are also great for me to learn..

Diane AZ said...

Cool reflections, I especially like the golden ring reflection in the first one.

Dianne said...

the reflections are perfect against the wood
very pretty

Mama Zen said...

Very nice!

cieldequimper said...

Ah, excellent!

Eden said...

Those are so beautiful. You are very creative. Love all your images.

Earnest said...

Both shots look good to me... and I've been struggling with my settings recently too.. especially under gray skies and heavy cloud with a very low contrast landscape. (I think I'm going through a slump.)