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Project by Keith Fenton posted 07-12-2011 04:56 PM 951 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is a gold titanium Sedona kit which I have dubbed the Baroness since it has all the same dimensions of the Baron kit but the curves and filigree make it seem more feminine in my eyes. Not that I think the pen would appeal more to the fairer sex, just that the pen itself is a she rather than a he :) . The blank is a buckeye burl with red pearlescent acrylic. I really like the look of these hybrid materials and plan to use a lot more.

I have also photographed all my pens and uploaded them to our site yesterday if anybody wants to see more of my work. I will be posting what I feel are the nicest ones, up here on LJ’s

-- Scroll saw patterns @ http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com





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BritBoxmaker

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#1 posted 07-12-2011 06:00 PM

Keith, I am not noted as an admirer of the turned pen but this is exquisite. Its the standard by which I will be judging pen projects from now on.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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Keith Fenton

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#2 posted 07-12-2011 06:08 PM

Thank you very much Martyn! You have a very artistic eye and do such fine work yourself, I am very happy to know that you like them.

-- Scroll saw patterns @ http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com

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#3 posted 07-12-2011 06:11 PM

I agree with Martyn that this is the BEST looking pen I have seen! You have “mastered” the pen even if you are still a “beginner”, I applaud your new talents. On another note, vary your background poses or all your pens will look alike and people will assume that they have already seen it! Just my opinion. However your photos are more than excellent!

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#4 posted 07-12-2011 11:44 PM

what a beautiful pen…i agree with martyn…its a beauty keith…and i also think you should change the photos …i think with the pens you do…you can come up with some cool back grounds…keep at it…grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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Keith Fenton

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#5 posted 07-13-2011 12:19 AM

Thanks a lot for the nice comments guys.

In my defense with the photos: No matter what I do in this area, there will always be somebody who doesn’t like it. Don’t get me wrong, I am genuinely glad to hear your opinions, and I am certainly going to reflect on what’s been said, but setting up and taking pictures also takes time. As it is, I spent well over 20 minutes per pen to photograph, touch up, upload them and write a description (that’s not counting the time I spent to make that background page). This adds to my time invested with each pen and ultimately adds to the price I have to charge. (At $20/hr that’s nearly $7 per pen already)

I am also somebody who likes consistency. Yesterday I was contemplating re-photographing the older ones so all the pics match. :)

Anyway, I hope I didn’t sound harsh. I am going to think about what I can do on the matter… it is a good idea.

-- Scroll saw patterns @ http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com

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#6 posted 07-13-2011 12:25 AM

My goals have been really just to get the colors as true to life as possible, and use a background that is elegant, but that doesn’t detract from the pen. I also considered going with plain white or black background like many people do which I will probably try in the near future.

-- Scroll saw patterns @ http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com

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BritBoxmaker

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#7 posted 07-13-2011 04:22 PM

Any tips on photographing Walnut ‘true to life, Keith? It makes me want to cry.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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Keith Fenton

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#8 posted 07-13-2011 04:49 PM

I know walnut is tough. I don’t really have any experience photographing it personally. Sheila usually takes the photos on our scroll saw projects. Creative Woodworks and Crafts magazine doesn’t even accept projects done primarily in walnut because of how hard it is to get looking nice.

The best I have found for getting a nice color is to photograph outside in the shade on a bright sunny day. I set the EV on my camera to +0.7 or +1. I leave everything else on auto including color correction (which I believe is using the daylight setting under these conditions). I don’t know what you have for post processing but I use Photoshop CS5 and in it under Image/Adjustments they have a filter called “shadows/highlights” which I use to brighten up the darker areas and add an appropriate amount of color to them. Obviously you can also tweak the highlights with this filter. I just started using the filter and I find it makes my work so much easier.

I then use quick mask mode and gradients to make gradual selections to even out the darker areas which often occur in the corners and along one side because of where I take my pictures. This isn’t really what you were asking about so I won’t go into any more detail on it unless you want.

I am no professional by any means so take my advice with a grain of salt. I hope it helps a little.

-- Scroll saw patterns @ http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com

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#9 posted 07-13-2011 04:53 PM

Many thanks for that, Keith. I’ll have a play.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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