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A Rolex For A Lady

Not an easy one to shoot this due to a highly polished bezel and indices. Comments welcome.

Tags: Close-up and macro Watch

Voters: Pete, fraser, Big_Beavis

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GarethRobinson 15 1.0k 2 United Kingdom
23 Nov 2012 2:45PM
A curves adjustment would help this image pop, as it is I find it very flat.

Be interesting to see what others think.
fraser 18 631 14 Scotland
23 Nov 2012 2:45PM
Good quality. I'd rather see the winding crown at the top of the image. This would also remove the reflection of the back of the clasp, which is a little intrusive .

JackAllTog Plus
12 6.3k 58 United Kingdom
23 Nov 2012 2:49PM
As a product shot its a bit misleading as the second-hand is blurred into almost non existence by the slow shutter speed. Ok as an art shot. which were you going for?
23 Nov 2012 3:02PM
Stuart, it's just art. TBH, this is mainly an exercise in light technique as I used to shoot most of my images using natural light whenever possible but at the moment I'm experimenting with a continuous light setup.
Andy_Cundell 10 1.1k 5 England
23 Nov 2012 3:03PM
I agree with Stuart about the second hand and Fraser's comment, but not for the same reason, yes, the reflection of the clasp isn't very flattering but.......

I think the 'double winding crown' takes the eye away from the watch face itself, it's bang in the center of the photo. If you wanted this to happen, the crown on the winding crown isn't quite straight, it's slightly sque-wif !

If you wish to photo the watch at the 10 to 2 with the second hand in the 30 second, you will need to closely monitor the timing and snap dead on it. I tried with my Rolex Submariner and ended up pulling the crown out....didn't look very good!

What other EXIF data can you supply?

23 Nov 2012 3:05PM
Andy, let me see what EXIF data I have for that one. I might actually re-shoot that with the crown up as I too would prefer the bracelet clasp to not be visible.
Andy_Cundell 10 1.1k 5 England
23 Nov 2012 3:17PM
See what I mean about the winding crown?

23 Nov 2012 3:22PM
Andy, sometimes I want the hands at 10 - 2, sometimes I prefer not. If the movement is running I'll sometimes pull the crown but put it back into it's locked position using photoshop.

OK, some data.

Nikon D300S
Nikon 70-180 Micro-Nikkor
SP = 4 seconds
Exposure = Manual
Max Ap Value = 5.2
ISO = 100
Focal Length = 130mm
No Flash
Meter = Pattern
23 Nov 2012 3:25PM

Quote:See what I mean about the winding crown?


I do. Grin

The last time I did one at 10-2 was this one:

Fortunately, the watch had not been worn for 3 days so had stopped and I was very careful not to shake it.
Andy_Cundell 10 1.1k 5 England
23 Nov 2012 3:32PM
Thanks Wing

I am no expert, but I think F32 is way too small an aperture! (or is it too big!). I don't have one of them lenses, but a much larger aperture (f12) would still give you a pin sharp image on the edge of the watch strap, enabling a faster shutter speed (getting rid of the blur of the second hand). (Is it F32 or did you miss out the F3.2?)

If you are shooting in a dark place, put your ISO down, I have a D90 and was told it has a sweet spot of ISO 400, so I usually use ISO 400 when in doubt. Your camera (a big boy compared to my D90) will be able to still take pin sharp shots at lower ISO's, again speeding up that shutter speed for the second hand.

As for the crown and photoshop...........................D'oh! Thanks for the tip!!!!!

Edited to say 'Hahaha' about not shaking the watch!

23 Nov 2012 3:45PM
Andy, myself and a friend often shoot at f32 and above. This lens actually does best at f8-f11 but I don't find it matters too much when shooting in a controlled environment where all other parameters are under my control. I actually wanted the second hand blur on this one as I personally quite like it on arty shots . Tongue
Andy_Cundell 10 1.1k 5 England
23 Nov 2012 6:08PM
It's still a crackin shot mate! You have to be so care full of finger prints and dust etc in photo's of these fine watches, you wan't to see all the messed up ones I've done, where I touched the crystal or metal and only found it when I was processing!

Your a lucky chap if you get to handle these all the time, I only handle 1!Grin
23 Nov 2012 8:13PM
Thanks Andy! The main thing was getting the light to about where I want it to be which is close now. The problem I still have a wee bit is as Gareth said, it's a tad flat for some tastes. I do quite like that on some watches, this one included but maybe a tad more punch would help. I think that's mostly in the post-processing, though.

Gareth, I'd be interested to see what you would do to that image to get the punch you're talking about. If you get time, feel free to save the image and play with it and see what you get.

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