Sunday, May 3, 2009

Theme # 285 "Silver & Gold"

Well I back to post another one. Have not had the time for an outside shot so since it rained all day I got my home made light box out and snapped a few. This is the result of about four attempts. I tried using some of my wife's jewelery but the DOF is so short that half was in focus and the other half out of focus. The gold cross is thin enough to give me a little play. I used two lights mounted on the sides of the Light Box with 60 watt bulbs. Even with this much direct light the shutter speed as you can see was pretty slow. I also tried putting more lights on the top of the Light Box but this added too much glare. I used a tripod and manual focus. PP in Lightroom and added the frame in PSE-7.
Nikon D90 2009/05/03 21:59:09
RAW (12-bit)
Lens: 105mm F/2.8 D Macro
Focal Length: 105mm
Exposure Mode: Aperture Priority
Metering Mode: Multi-Pattern
1/4 sec - F/25
Exposure Comp.: 0 EV
Sensitivity: ISO 200
White Balance: Auto
AF Mode: Manual
Light Box


  1. I missed your last 4 photographs but upon seeing them they are fabulous. The lighthouse is a picture perfect postcard. Great work.

  2. Great idea Eddie, You got good DOF in a really hard situation.

  3. Seems a lot of work but definitely worth it for those results, great job.

  4. Perfect shot - Love the clarity and details in this!

  5. I think this turned out perfect! We're expecting some rainy days ahead, so I'll have to get creative indoors soon too.

  6. Excellent result! Thanks for explaining the trials and tribulations of making this shot. I feel like I was there looking over your shoulder as you worked through this. Curious why you had to close down that far in order to have enough depth for such thin objects though. In any case, the detail and light is perfect in the resulting shot...

  7. Julie, In actuality I left my thinking cap off. When I was experimenting with some other of my wife's jewelery and could not get the DOF I wanted (I had it set on f/25) and never changed it for the coin shot. The DOF for a Macro lens is extremely shallow so I just make sure and crank the f/stop usually near its limits. I could have gone to f/32.

  8. What a Great Idea, I think it looks great.

  9. Thanks for the further explanation, Eddie. I'd like to have a go with a true macro one day and see how it behaves...

  10. Eddie, I think you did a great job.