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Lens: Micro 55 2.8 Camera: D700 ISO: 200 Shutter Speed: 1/150s Aperture: F32 
Posted By: Rory, 04-01-2011, 07:47 PM

First try at "macro". Nikkor Micro 55mm 2.8 with PK-13 extension tube. f/32 and I still fail at the depth. I need to take multiple exposures to use on DOF layering.

Made me realize how filthy the old lady's ring is. Going to take it to get cleaned this weekend.




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04-02-2011, 08:49 AM   #2
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Maybe cleaning it will bring out some sparkle in the diamond as that seem to me anyway to be the only thing the photo lacks and I know nothing about this type of photo.
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Maybe cleaning it will bring out some sparkle in the diamond as that seem to me anyway to be the only thing the photo lacks and I know nothing about this type of photo.
I'm in the same boat. It was the only thing I could think to photograph that was at hand. I'm definitely going to give it another shot afterwards. I may try some different lighting positions, too. I was worried about blowing it out too much, but I still have some room on the histogram, so I'll give it another shot. I'm very happy with the resolving power of this lens, though. 100% crop pretty much looks the same as this photo.
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Took another run at it.




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Very nice pictures Rory but I feel as if the second picture is a bit blown out in some areas.

I can not really make out the details as it just feels over powered by the reflection of the light.

ie. The ring of diamonds. I can tell it is a ring of diamonds but that is about it. Can not really make out how good the diamond looks or its shape.

I think maybe you should of stuck with the black back ground. Loved how the first one looked besides the dirtiness. :P

If you don't mind me asking, how powerful are the lights you are using?
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Lighting is key. If you look at the jewellery brochures, you'll see lots of high key photography (using little product softboxes) and PP to artificially add sparkle to the jewellery. The lights need to be both soft (diffused) and somewhat textured to highlight the beauty of the jewellery, whilst not appearing dull or flat.
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