An Extra 12″

29 08 2014
An Extra 12" (adjustable spanner)

An Extra 12″ (adjustable spanner)

 

Been doing a few product shots this week, mainly tools. The texture on some of these is absolutely stunning. Choosing a background that compliments the product is quite a big part of the process. In this shot I wanted something other than a plain background, but not with too bold a texture. I used my son’s balance disc, and lit it with a single gridded strobe, shooting at F2.8 on an 85mm lens at pretty much closest distance to the spanner, which was sitting on a piece of glass between two chairs, over the training ball.  Ambient light illuminated the upper side of the tool. I also used a 0.6 ND filter in the gel holder of my Pro Shade, just to allow the use of a wide aperture (throwing the rubber spikes on the balance disc out of sharp focus).

The camera was mounted on a Manfrotto 3021 tripod, with the centre column set parallel to the floor. This is a great tool and the only way I think it could be improved is perhaps a carbon version, with titanium fittings. Just waiting on that lottery ticket….

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Griffin Survivor iPhone ‘Armored’ Case

21 03 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

I recently noticed a small chip on the rear of my iphone; assuming that this was down to kid-related damage, I’ve acquired a Griffin Survivor ‘Armored’ case. This does make the phone quite a bit chunkier, but function over form is definitely valued here. The only downside I’m aware of, is that accessing the icons at the base of the screen does require more slender fingers than I’m equipped with, due to the thickness of the casing. The belt clip has yet to be put to the test, mainly because I prefer to work naked…