Friday, November 11, 2005
A shot of the Omega Speedmaster Day-Date. Taking closeups of shiny, tiny objects is really difficult because:
1) Small apertures required mean that you need to use a tripod and positioning the object just right is pretty difficult.
2) A flashgun is essential but causes problems of its own since you tend to get overexposed "hotspots" on shiny surfaces (like the bezel and crystal) if you're not careful. Strong shadows caused by lighting that's TOO directional is also a problem -- in this case, I had to use a piece of white card to bounce the light to create a more soft lighting effect and thus less strong shadows. I also had to take care that the watch's bezel and hands didn't cast a strong shadow which could happen if the lighting was at too extreme an angle to the watch's face.
3) Lastly, it's always a challenge trying to shoot an object in an interesting way that shows off its features yet is compositionally sound.
This shot is actually in colour and I intentionally shot it against a white background and controlled the lighting to make it as monochromatic as possibe. Look carefully at the hands and markers though and you'll notice a slight hint of green where the luminescent hands are glowing. Taken with the SB-600 flashgun, 1/60sec at f/11. Nikon D70, AF-Micro Nikkor 60mm f/2.8