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Wednesday, April 12, 2017


Today is a day of pictures. Hopefully you like them; I think some of them are fairly good, for a guy who has never really done product photography. My plan is to work all day in hour long sessions on this.

Click on each photo to get a larger version.

First up, some Gayle Bradley Folder 2 post-customization work. The GB is part of the first-place prize package.

Clip Side. Look closely at the blade, you will see the yin-yang reflection in the edge

Presentation side.

View from above. Note the blade centering; there is no blade play when open. Note also how Steve "sandwiched" scale construction / view, working on the blacked out liners with a thin scale of orange and the final outer scales. 
This is an extensive amount of craftmanship!

Emerson CQC 8 Stonewashed blade, dual side grind, black G10 scales - part of the 2nd place package.

Emerson CQC 8, clip side.

Emerson CQC 8, presentation side.

Group Shot - not the best picture. Long story behind the various problems I encountered; I'm not going to document that, as there is still a risk of a machine crash.

A crash as in my laptop crashing from the car while driving on the freeway.

Gayle Bradley, Emerson, Manix

Notes on the photographic process:

I'm including these more advanced notes for any folks learning photography. As a rule, these notes will be boring.

These photos are shot with a true macro lens, which is why I can generate larger than life, high quality pictures. There is a cost to this (besides equipment just consuming every dime of my money): on shots with a greater depth of field, either the front or the back of the shot will be out of focus.

This is just a cost of doing true macro photography. You can pay the cost in about two ways: one is the way I've chosen for now: having one part of the image out of focus. The other way to pay the piper is to perform a technique called photo stacking, in which multiple shots of the same image are taken, and the focus is set to different points for each shot. 

These shots are then stitched together, much like what is done with panorama photos. Each photo takes quite a bit of time to produce using this method - which is precisely why I've chosen not to do it.


Lighting for the solo GB folder shots, section 1: thick frosted plate glass as surface, covered with muslin sheet. Continuous (non-strobe) lights, variable intensity and temp. Top light behind white umbrella, set to 5000K and 100%; bottom light bare, barn doors positioned for reflection, 5000k, 100%. These are 500w LED based. Moved to using the sheet for daytime shooting. If shooting with no ambient light, then eliminate sheet, decrease bottom light intensity. Trying to get just enough glare-free light to the underside of the subjects to lend a 360 degree light source appearance.

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