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Old 09-26-2014   #1
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My friend Gary Greer was invited to participate in a show called "Wild Things" curated by Michael Hosaluk.

The show will premier at SOFA in Chicago late October and then move on to The Lightbox in New York City.

I volunteered to make the shipping containers which turned into Presentation Boxes

Ivory Queen-Web size.jpg

Many midnights- Web size.jpg

Northern lights- Web size.jpg

Sundance Web size.jpg

Box 1 web.jpg

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Beautiful work all around.
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WOW !!!!

Really great looking knives and cases..

Knife #4 is my favorite.. And the wood work is really clean and clever how you got the grain mirrored in nicely.

Photo-wise I wish to see more of the facets on the knives as they are all pretty ornate.


Nice, really nice shots..
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Beautifully crafted wooden cases, Don!

A question about the photography. Why did you use those plastic stands to photograph the knives?

If you had laid the knives down on the table, with just a small hidden support underneath the back edge, you could have photographed them from an overhead position which would have allowed a choice of tones to be reflected in the blades. And the lines of the blades wouldn't be interrupted by those plastic supports.

As they are now, the blades are reflecting the grey paper surface which is photographing as a dark grey. Not how you would expect a bright metal knife blade to look.
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Thanks Brooks..

The stands where by request of the maker, sigh. He has spent some time shooting on his own with various set ups and settled on this...

And his main concern was clearly showing the multi faceted pins which limited my lighting a bit. I originally set up with polarizing film and CP filter, the knives looked great but the details were too subtle.

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The blades are super polished and are reflecting (mostly) a hand held piece of white foamcore.

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WOW !!!!

Really great looking knives and cases..

Knife #4 is my favorite.. And the wood work is really clean and clever how you got the grain mirrored in nicely.

Photo-wise I wish to see more of the facets on the knives as they are all pretty ornate.


Nice, really nice shots..
Cheers
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The blades are super polished and are reflecting (mostly) a hand held piece of white foamcore.

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The easy way get some controlled highlights on the blades of the knives would be to position a white reflector card with a light stand, not hand-held, so it was consistent in it's angle of reflectance relative to the knife blade. Then, using a separate light with a tight grid or perhaps a snoot, light part of that white reflector for a graduated highlight on the knife blade.

Polarizing film and filters are for copying paintings or photographing objects in shrink wrap or cellophane. I've never used them for photographing simple objects such as knifes.

It's much better to use reflectors and lighting to create desirable reflections that define the surfaces of the objects instead of trying to eliminate reflections with polarizers.
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A good trick to remember Brooks !

In the rush it didn't even occur to me, sigh...

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Not sure if I'd rather have a knife or the box. Actually, I'd like a knife in the box. Beautiful presentation cases.
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Thanks Don.

Cheque or credit card ?

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