I haven’t been making much sawdust lately, last Wednesday I had a carpal tunnel release so it shouldn’t be long before i’m back in the shop.
While I’ve been down I’ve been setting up to do product photography as a slde line and thought I would share some of my latest results.
First the fun stuff, I finally got around to hanging a bird feeder just in front of the patio door. I’ve set the camera on a tripod and sure enough, within days I had regular visitors.
Only problem is, everytime I move toward the camera, I scare them off, sigh… I did manage to get some shots by standing at the camera and waiting for them to return, but, geezz…. Haven’t got much patience for that :)
So I ordered a remote shutter release. I put the feeder in the center of the frame and anytime I’m in the house and notice them I can click away from a distance. The only problem is most of the shots have this big Red Feeder in them :) I did manage some shots with them coming or going and cropped out the feeder.
For now I’ll post just what I consider the best of the bunch.
The day I arrived home with the new remote release coincided with the most activity around the feeder I have seen to date, both before and after this day.
There were FOUR birds performing a ballet between the house and the bush, once in a while they would circle the feeder. I managed to catch three of them, the fourth is just out of the frame….
I call this “Executive Meeting”
Okay, back to topic…
The object of the shoot is a green hollow turning by Michael Hosaluk.
Manitoba maple burl circa 1985.
The lights are CF bulbs, the new energy saver fluorescent twisty type with a 5000k rating.
The two side lights have 65w bulbs in 10” reflectors with shoot through satin umbrellas. The main light camera right is a 4 bulb x 27w in a 16” reflector with nylon diffuser.
I figure I have a combined equivalent of 800w incandescent so it is important to have the shooting location as dark as possible. During the day I just hang large sheets of cardboard on the windows.
The paper back drop is “focus gray”. I cut the 9’ roll into a 6’ and a 3’.
Olympus E-510 with 18-180mm @ 105mm, 1/8, f 8, iso 100
I set the metering and focus to center point, just in front of the top opening. This will generally give me a cleaner image and I crop later to center it.
With such a slow speed I used a 2 second delay.
I developed the raw file with Master and did some minor adjustments and small crop in FastStone Image Viewer, a pretty good free editor.
NOTE. The photo set up shows the camera location for a shot with a 50mm lens, for the 18-180 the tripod is moved back to beside the main center light… the light stand on the far right is not in use…
And Michael Hosaluk’s turned vessel…
This next shot is very loosely related to woodworking, I needed a new avatar and head shot for a magazine I write for :)
Shooting yourself, with a camera that is, has to be the hardest thing to do. I thought I had a pretty good expression but…. And where did those chubby cheeks come from ? :)
And what the heck, dial up users are already mad at me :)
One more hummingbird shot and I’m outta here (big grin)
I call this one “Just hanging Around”
-- Don Kondra - Furniture Designer/Maker