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01-22-2012 02:52 AM

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From the title many of you would assume I was talking about taking a rough sawn plank and passing it over the Jointer… through the Thicknesser [planer] and then using a table saw… to get a dressed all round [DAR] board..

Neverthless that is correct but for this post, I actually meant dressing the board with props for a better photograph… one that shows the board in its best light..

Speaking of light that is a topic for future discussion…

Her are a few before and after shots I have used on my Etsy Store.

Comments and Critiques welcomed…

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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#1 posted 01-22-2012 03:17 AM

Nice presentation Larry. I use some of the same photo tricks in my etsy store also. It really helps.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#2 posted 01-22-2012 03:19 AM

Hmmm, what can I say? It looks good although the right side in all of them seems a bit too shadowed. How about using a reflector on the left to bring the light back to the focal point?

I dunno, I try lots of different ideas here and there. I’ve even used colored cellophane over the flash and the lights to enhance one color and subdue another. Red would bring out the brown of the board, tomatoes and towel, but subdue some of the light yellow in the board at the same time? Just thinking here.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#3 posted 01-22-2012 03:21 AM

Hey thanks for the idea. I need a cutting board more suited to the period impressions I do, I think I’ll try to make one like yours, it will fit in better.

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#4 posted 01-22-2012 03:25 AM

great presentation larry

it sure bring out the use
and essence of the work

we woodworkers are a strange lot

like seeing a beautiful woman
all dressed up

and wanting to ….....

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#5 posted 01-22-2012 03:31 AM

larry, the additions make all the difference in the world!! like night and day.

-- wiser1934, new york

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#6 posted 01-22-2012 03:31 AM

Most certainly the “after” shots are better than the plain.

I would possibly change the color of the table though – try a solid color if you can and not wooden.

Good luck on Etsy!!!!


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#7 posted 01-22-2012 03:34 AM

Nice block, Larry!.............Jim

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#8 posted 01-22-2012 03:34 AM

Very nice Larry, I love the presentation. It helps, what some would see as a plank, visualize a BBQ board.

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#9 posted 01-22-2012 03:38 AM

Dressed to thrill :))

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#10 posted 01-22-2012 04:06 AM

Try a little raking light to make the wood pop. And maybe a lower angle to see the profiled edge more. If it is a cutting board, slice open one of the tomatoes and leave the knife nearby. I’d lose the towel or at least drape it somewhere with more varied folds as if you just used it to wipe your mouth from all those tasty tidbits.

-- Beth, Oklahoma, Rambling Road Designs

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#11 posted 01-22-2012 04:41 AM

Cool Idea, Larry!

Beautiful “Maters”


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#12 posted 01-22-2012 04:52 AM

Little bit of lipstick and mascara.
We are an easily fooled lot.


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#13 posted 01-22-2012 06:18 AM

The one with the bottle is best, not because of the bottle, but just because of the shot.

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#14 posted 01-22-2012 06:25 AM

Thank you one and all… I have a few more things to think about now…

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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#15 posted 01-22-2012 07:08 AM

SWEET board!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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