Deep Water hollow form

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Project by interpim posted 02-26-2012 05:16 PM 1693 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Another Avocado hollow form. Dyes are black and Sapphire Blue. Finish is MANY! coats of wipe on poly. Avocado wood soaks it up.

I think i did a bit better on some of the pictures this time around. I still need to figure out how to prevent the reflection from the lights.

My camera isn’t the greatest, and doesn’t have many options for adjustments, but does have a few. If any of the camera guys out there are willing to explain to me how to fix the issues I am having please let me know… I use a Fuji Finepix S1500 for all of my photos.

Obviously, the pics with the actual White background, are more true to the color of this piece.

All comments and critiques are welcome.


-- San Diego, CA

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#1 posted 02-26-2012 05:17 PM

Another outstanding turning ,great job.

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#2 posted 02-26-2012 05:48 PM

That is a very nice hollow form, This piece would best be viewed by holding it in your hand, it is so dark, that no photo is ever going to show all of the fine detail that it has. This is just a suggestion, and maybe it will help with the photo’s

-- Rockbuster,Ft. Wayne,In It is far better to remain silent, and appear the fool, than it is to open ones mouth, and remove all doubt.

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#3 posted 02-26-2012 06:06 PM

Another beautiful turning, nice job.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#4 posted 02-26-2012 06:42 PM

I just did a test with the HDR function in photoshop and bracketed 3 different exposures to produce an image. This is much more true to the actual color of the vessel.

It is a bit more work to do this, and I’m sure if I busted out my lightbox it could have been better.

-- San Diego, CA

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#5 posted 02-26-2012 07:09 PM

The coloring is just amazing. Beautiful wood and a great turning job too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#6 posted 02-26-2012 09:37 PM

Nice work.
In these pictures you have a bigger problem with contrast than actual lighting. You have a dark object on a white background which is creating a wide contrast of light for you camera do deal with. A full explanation is more than I can get into here but there are ways to deal with it. Check your camera instructions on dealing with contrasting light.
For the reflections you can go to a lot of work to set up a “light box” so the lighting is uniform from all sides. That would work great for a dark item like this one and probably show off the depth of the finish well. An easier alternative I use sometimes is to shoot outside on a bright but cloudy day so there is a uniform light and now shadows. You still need to deal with any sharp contrasting light between your object and the background.
Or, what is much easier. Use Photo Shop Elements (or a similar program) to tone down or eliminate the “hot spot” reflection and adjust the contrasting light. You can also fix other flaws both photographic and real.

PS. Using a sanding sealer before the poly might help reduce the number of coats needed.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#7 posted 02-26-2012 10:32 PM

I did a bit of photoshop, playing with contrast, brightness, and the levels on this photo… I think it’s the same as the last one up there in the original 6. This one is about as close to real color as I can get it. I’m sure someone with a bit more Photoshop experience could do it quicker LOL.

-- San Diego, CA

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#8 posted 02-27-2012 12:18 PM

that is, well, wow! I see a ghostly image of, hummm, looks like a guy with a camera. :)

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#9 posted 02-27-2012 03:17 PM

now that I am at work, i am seeing a blue hue to the picture above… that pic is completely oversaturated.

-- San Diego, CA

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#10 posted 02-27-2012 08:39 PM

Very nice job, :)

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#11 posted 02-29-2012 07:59 AM

Try building a small light box, it is what was used to photograph some of my work a professional photographer. It basically creates enough ambient light that a flash isn’t needed. That an put the piece on a small pedestal. A quick trip over to the Google should get you some interweb type tutorials on it.

I like the piece! Love the Avocado.

-- Chris, Washington The State!

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#12 posted 02-29-2012 07:17 PM

I did use a light box… I think it was my camera setup that was causing the issue. I have since made an adjustment somehow (I’m not camera savvy) that made the pictures turn out a bit better.

-- San Diego, CA

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