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#1 gregc

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Posted 12 July 2018 - 07:09 AM

 

Okay I needed a shot, and so I improvised a bit by adding a mat I use for product work. The funny part was this was done with a smartphone with its tiny flash, and a contrast and sharpening at post. I guess the issue would be how inconsistent lighting is from setup to setup/ shot to the next shot. There is something to be had from larger sources in a product environment.  Unfortunately, I wasn't in the mood to rig a table, softboxes and reflector cards, and a DSLR or a view camera yesterday...hahaha!

 

I mean it's not bad, but it could of been sooooooo much better. But I needed quick, fast, and in a hurry.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted 12 July 2018 - 08:21 AM

The mat is  a cool improvise, I like the look of it.  Jon Haverstick did something similar with a floor mat.  The Shop type, with the cross ridges on it, if I remember correctly.

 

I am amazed at the detail in the image for a cell phone.  It is impressive.


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Posted 12 July 2018 - 10:55 AM

The mat is  a cool improvise, I like the look of it.  Jon Haverstick did something similar with a floor mat.  The Shop type, with the cross ridges on it, if I remember correctly.

 

I am amazed at the detail in the image for a cell phone.  It is impressive.

Hi Art.

 

The mat is a piece of floor runner which I bought about 20 years ago. Thought about using it when I was thinking up the composition/framing for the photo. I do think that level of detail can be attributed to the smallish nature of the flash the phone has. It produces some highly specular lighting with tons of highlights in the frame. I agree with you though. If I didn't know any better I would of not thought smartphone either.

 

 

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(1) Nikon D4 body fitted with leather grip (2) D3s bodies fitted with leather grips
Mamiya 645 with Lenses| Bellows | glass filters
Cambo Legend 4"x5" kit (Lenses | bag bellows | loupe | Sheet film holders..etc.)
Sony HVR-Z7U HDV Camcorder & DCR-DVD D650 HandyCam (just in case)
 
Nikon Nikkor 70-200 f/2.8 f2.8 AF-S G ED VR Nikon Nikkor AF-S G IF-ED VR 300 mm F/2.8G VR IF G ED| AF Fisheye Nikkor 10.5mm f2.8 G ED | Nikkor AF-S 24-70mm|Nikon calls this the AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED | Fotodiox Pro Nikon Large Format 4x5 Adapter Minolta Flash Meter IV and Flash Meter III with various diffusers and a 5 degree spot meter attachment | Bogen 3051 tripod with 3047 HD 3-way head | Manfrotto 679B Monopod | BEIKE BK-45 Gimbal Head Neewer 110CM 43" 5-in-1 Collapsible Multi-Disc Reflectors (2) | Opteka RH-42 Reflector Holders (2) | Paul C Buff 22" Silver Beauty Dish & Diffuser | Photoflex medium and large Multi-Domes | Fotodiox 12"x 80" Strip Boxes with Egg Crates (2) | Shoot & DSLR Kit Wireless Flash Triggers | Zeikos White Balance Card Trio (white, black and 18%) | Calumet 32" and 44" Umbrellas (2 sets) | 5 White Lighting (P.Buff) Ultras with grids | barn doors | light stands | background stand | various seamless papers | Bogen 3085 Boom arms (2) | OCF: Nikon SB800 | Electronic and Manual Cable Releases | Tamarac MXS536801 & MXS536901 Memory/battery management wallets | 8-10 SanDisk CF Cards | Background Projector Box with patterns | HP Laptop (carried to location in camera case) | Calumet Pro Series RC1188 Rolling Camera Case | Cleaning kit | Muslin clamps | Color Gels | USB Cables | Lots of other stuff to keep this list shorter
 

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Posted 12 July 2018 - 12:29 PM

Wow very well done and like Art the detail is amazing!!!

I can even read made in Croatia pretty cool considering they are in the World Cup finals.

Again very well done.

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Posted 13 July 2018 - 12:38 AM

Wow very well done and like Art the detail is amazing!!!

I can even read made in Croatia pretty cool considering they are in the World Cup finals.

Again very well done.

Jim

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I'm a bit shocked that a one LED source had that much influence. Its not like you get huge amounts of light to paint with.

 

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(1) Nikon D4 body fitted with leather grip (2) D3s bodies fitted with leather grips
Mamiya 645 with Lenses| Bellows | glass filters
Cambo Legend 4"x5" kit (Lenses | bag bellows | loupe | Sheet film holders..etc.)
Sony HVR-Z7U HDV Camcorder & DCR-DVD D650 HandyCam (just in case)
 
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Posted 13 July 2018 - 08:44 AM

 A tissue paper would have made a fine defuser. 

 

 

Still ok.


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Posted 13 July 2018 - 12:11 PM

 A tissue paper would have made a fine defuser. 

 

 

Still ok.

Hi Dennis,

 

I can just see myself licking  a tissue sheet to get it to stick on the back of my phone...lol!! For what it is I'm perfectly fine with the High specularity. As photographers we always look for ways to make small source larger ones in order to lower contrast and control highlights.I guess this is just one of those cases where most will go "That was done with a cellphone?" Especially since the light bursts on the right make it look as though it was a multi source setup.

 

It was a good down and dirty setup to get the photo quickly. Lord knows if I had done this with my view camera I would still be  light(s), reflector cards, and camera around,,,hahahahaha!! (joking)

 

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SOME OF WHAT'S In MY GEAR BAGS
 
 
(1) Nikon D4 body fitted with leather grip (2) D3s bodies fitted with leather grips
Mamiya 645 with Lenses| Bellows | glass filters
Cambo Legend 4"x5" kit (Lenses | bag bellows | loupe | Sheet film holders..etc.)
Sony HVR-Z7U HDV Camcorder & DCR-DVD D650 HandyCam (just in case)
 
Nikon Nikkor 70-200 f/2.8 f2.8 AF-S G ED VR Nikon Nikkor AF-S G IF-ED VR 300 mm F/2.8G VR IF G ED| AF Fisheye Nikkor 10.5mm f2.8 G ED | Nikkor AF-S 24-70mm|Nikon calls this the AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED | Fotodiox Pro Nikon Large Format 4x5 Adapter Minolta Flash Meter IV and Flash Meter III with various diffusers and a 5 degree spot meter attachment | Bogen 3051 tripod with 3047 HD 3-way head | Manfrotto 679B Monopod | BEIKE BK-45 Gimbal Head Neewer 110CM 43" 5-in-1 Collapsible Multi-Disc Reflectors (2) | Opteka RH-42 Reflector Holders (2) | Paul C Buff 22" Silver Beauty Dish & Diffuser | Photoflex medium and large Multi-Domes | Fotodiox 12"x 80" Strip Boxes with Egg Crates (2) | Shoot & DSLR Kit Wireless Flash Triggers | Zeikos White Balance Card Trio (white, black and 18%) | Calumet 32" and 44" Umbrellas (2 sets) | 5 White Lighting (P.Buff) Ultras with grids | barn doors | light stands | background stand | various seamless papers | Bogen 3085 Boom arms (2) | OCF: Nikon SB800 | Electronic and Manual Cable Releases | Tamarac MXS536801 & MXS536901 Memory/battery management wallets | 8-10 SanDisk CF Cards | Background Projector Box with patterns | HP Laptop (carried to location in camera case) | Calumet Pro Series RC1188 Rolling Camera Case | Cleaning kit | Muslin clamps | Color Gels | USB Cables | Lots of other stuff to keep this list shorter
 




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