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Posted By: Eaglerapids, 01-11-2008, 10:30 PM

The weather here has been atrocious and on top of that it's dark when I go to work and dark shortly after I get home. On top of that we haven't seen the sun in so long I'm not sure if it's still there. Plenty of snow, I've had to shovel almost every morning and evening this week.
So this evening I thought I'd pair up my A 35-105/3.5 and my new Vivitar 285HV flash and see if I could get a shot of my guitar which I've been meaning to for awhile.
Overall, I think this is my best effort so far.

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01-12-2008, 12:09 AM   #2
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I like this a lot. Good lighting on the guitar. Now, how did you get this cool angle anyway? I like that it looks like it is almost floating. Nice work.
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now that is a KILLER shot!!! awesome work mate. very well done indeedio!
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Very classic look. The lighting is fantastic

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This is a very nice shot, and very well composed. The lighting and background are just right IMO. Print it, frame it and hang it!
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Cracking shot! Well composed... an interesting angle on your subject and so nicely lit. Great job!
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ditto to what everyone else has said - really nice work.

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I think it is much more than a good shot. It isn't easy to get a complete guitar in-focus at that angle.

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Wow, thank you, guys, for your comments:-).
LaRee, I laid the guitar on the couch on top of a dark blanket and propped the head up with a pillow under the blanket, set the camera on a tripod and started fiddling with the flash. This bounce flash stuff is fun to play around with. Everything was shot in manual, both camera and flash. I wanted a lot of detail covering as much of the guitar as I could muster so f/11. That also helped to black out the background, I also used Lightroom to finish off the background. I took a lot of shots varying the shutter speeds, this pic was at 1/3 sec. I bought a diffuser with the flash but with the the flash pointed at the object with the diffuser you could see the depth of the body and all, but the pictures were uninteresting. There wasn't enough output bouncing with the diffuser. I got some shots bouncing where the reflections were really cool on the body but the tuning pegs were blown out or the knobs, or both. This shot was handholding the flash off camera attached with the Promaster cord, bounced off the ceiling.
I gotta say, I've bought a film camera and it will be fun to mess around with but I don't know how I could have done this with a film camera without spending a small fortune on film and developing costs, not to mention waiting around to get the pictures back to see what happened.
I never could do anything like this back in the day when I was raising a family and shooting film, it was too expensive to experiment.
Thank you, Pentax, for providing quality equipment at a price that a regular guy can afford.
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QuoteOriginally posted by JCSullivan Quote
I think it is much more than a good shot. It isn't easy to get a complete guitar in-focus at that angle.
I agree - this shot is an artistic and technical success.

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Nice work .... this has come out really nicely.

I am going to see if i can shoot a few of my Brother-in-law's guitars that he has hanging up on his wall in the study. I had a closer look at them today ... they look like they have been used quite a lot over many years ... so they don't look all that nice and shiny anymore.
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so they don't look all that nice and shiny anymore.
Which makes it even better.
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Great shot!!!

This is an Awesome shot Eagle..

From you explained to LeRee about how you took it .. very creative!!

Great job!!

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