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Button Fixer Machine.

By dusfim
Who knows how many buttons me and my father attached with this button machine. Again trying some light painting.

Tags: General Still life photography

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DaveRyder Plus
6 4.4k 7 United Kingdom
11 Jul 2020 2:25PM
Good Afternoon Mario,

My thoughts would be. Slightly dark and off centre so I've added a Mod to an already nice shot.

The mod consists of some detail enhancement and sharpening followed by a drop in saturation and a touch of colour cast removal.
I then centralised the subject somewhat.

banehawi Plus
16 2.2k 4149 Canada
11 Jul 2020 5:51PM
Very nice, - good to try something new. It looks well used.

We asked last time what type of light you used for painting, - can you let is know?

I did upload a mod, mainly sharpening, a touch brighter, rotated the machine only a little and re framed.

Also, remember to use sRGB when uploading rather than Adobe.


dudler Plus
17 1.2k 1679 England
11 Jul 2020 10:09PM
Simple, old machinery is often beautiful: this is no exception. The viewer can see that it has a lot of history...

I wonder about where in the frame to put it: and I wonder about putting the hand tool (is it a hole punch of some sort?) in a different position - possibly separate from the machine, and standing up. I wonder if it's possible to arrange the two objects in a way that shows how their uses are related...

If you still have any buttons, and the material you attached them to, they would possibly give a complete story - and a much more challenging arrangement.
chase Plus
14 1.7k 413 England
12 Jul 2020 10:28AM
Another lovely piece of lovely old equipment Mario.

Again, the light painting has worked very well although it would be good to know what you used to light it with.

The patina of the equipment is lovely and I do like the colours against the dark bg, just with a hint of light on it.

Quote:If you still have any buttons, and the material you attached them to, they would possibly give a complete story - and a much more challenging arrangement.

Using some buttons or material in your composition is a great idea from John, generally it's good to arrange things in threes or an odd number.

I did a couple of mods.....
Possibly a wee bit on the dark side so I lifted the shadows a touch using the Camera Raw filter in Photoshop on a separate layer and put them where I thought they needed to be.
I used the straighten tool in Photoshop to level the base a little.
Cropped off the dark strip at the bottom and used Nik Detail enhancer to sharpen a touch, not much but a little makes a big difference.

I did a 2nd mod and added a couple of buttons, just to show you how you could have changed the composition slightly. It's not great but will give you some idea and the buttons could have been there in the first place, not added during post processing as I have done.

Converted to sRGB which is the one recommended for ePz and the web in general, you do lose some of the contrast/colour when you use Adobe RGB for displaying here.

I do like your approach to these images Mario ,again, well done !
Love the equipment here and wish I owned it !

Please do let us know if we are going in the right direction for you.
dusfim 10 Malta
13 Jul 2020 9:53AM
Hi all,
Regarding the lights that I'm using i try to upload a photo of the torchlight that I'm using with conduite pipe attached to it.
Buttons if not mistaken i threw everything away but I try to see if still have.They are called press buttons.

Thanks to all for your constructive critique and Mods.


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