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Second gun photo...

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by SilentStalker, Feb 25, 2012.

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  1. SilentStalker

    SilentStalker Member

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    I hope this one turned out better than the last. I think it did and while I seem to know my stuff for outdoor photography and landscapes, I still have a lot to learn about lighting. This shot was a long exposure while I painted light onto the gun and the background...

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    Action... by photo•genic (Justin Lancaster), on Flickr
     
  2. SilentStalker

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    Oh, and comments/suggestions are welcome/appreciated. Thanks.
     
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    Really nice. Emits a kind of "suppresed energy" and covertness. The lighting is perfect against the OD background.
     
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    That is honestly one of the best pictures of a Sig that I have seen! Great job!

    .......You aren't trying to advertise for them are you?......;)
     
  5. wannabeagunsmith

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    Yeah, I think those 9mm shells go better with it than the 7.62's of the last pic. ;)
     
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    Very nice shot from photographer to another! I might use a second light to highlight the edges of the firearm as a 'kicker', but it's pretty darn close to perfection as it is.
     
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    Nice picture
     
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    All modern P220 variants are only available in .45 ACP.
     
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    SS,

    Anytime you cast a shadow "up" you, by accident or design, introduce an "unnatural" quality to your lighting. "Above and slightly behind" is a good rule-of-thumb for a key-light.
    Detail looks good, background choice is appropriate.

    Mike
     
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    I like the background and the gun itself in the pic, but the ammo and mag seem to be too much crammed into a small spot and are falling off the pic. Maybe a few less shells and getting the whole mag in the frame.
     
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    Better. Naught beats natural light.
     
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    Much better than the first try -- excellent, in fact. This isn't the typical "Above and slightly behind" lighting style that mmitch mentioned, but it certainly is effective for the subject. The way it's lit makes it look as if someone is shining a flashlight on it. Subtle suggestion about the kind of situation in which a weapon may be required.

    The only suggestion I might add would be to get just a little more light on the top of the frame.
     
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    For excellent, even 'light tent' lighting, place it in a white bathtub. Leaving incandescent or even florescent lights on, and flashing it will give a lot of good texturing.
     
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    Thanks for the comments and suggestions guys. I will take them all into account next time I play around with some photo equipment. This kind of thing is something I would like to do for a living sometimes, or at least to help supplement my funds for new photo equipment :).
     
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    Interesting photo. Normally I think heavy shadows distract from the subject, but I think they work well here.
     
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