The Cutting Edge

Discussion in 'Macro, Flowers, Insects, and Greenery' started by Uncle Frank, Sep 6, 2005.

  1. I think I may have found a new gig for my Nikon 60mm micro.

    A friend of mine is a member of a knife club... a large group of well heeled collectors. He was showing me some of precious
    blades when I came up with the idea of photographing rare knives, not documentary for insurance purposes, but for
    framable prints. He lent me a few rare specimens to test the concept.

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    original.

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    I'm making him prints so he can take them to his next club meeting and test the market for me.
     
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  2. Those are the handsomely pictures of objects I have seen in a long time. By the look it seem you use very soft light.
     
  3. Wow amazing shots! You can build a career on this :wink:

    What lighting did you use? Light-tent?
    It might be difficult to bring out the structure in the metall without messing with the reflections!
     
  4. Steve S

    Steve S

    Feb 1, 2005
    SE Florida
    I can tell you put a lot of thought and effort into this series of shots, and it certainly shows. While I'm no expert at the lighting of objects, I can say I like the way they look very much. Also, you can tell your friend that these are some of the most unique, unusual knives I've ever seen, with the green folding knife being my favorite. That one is beyond stunning. Really good job on these Frank. If I was a betting man, I'd say you're going to generate a lot of work from these samples.
     
  5. Really punchy set of pictures. Personal favourite is the last - got a Pro touch about it, the sort of shot you see hanging on the wall of your local weapons store.

    That light tent of yours is going to pay for itself in no time.
     
  6. eng45ine

    eng45ine

    May 11, 2005
    Chicago, IL
    Not much more I can add to the complements from the others, your creativity shows in these images. Please keep us posted on how well they are received by the club members. Great job as always, Frank.
     
  7. Thanks for the feedback, Giles and Michael! I used a light tent for these shots. They were my first efforts at anything like this, and I think I'll be able to improve on them with practice.
     
  8. I'll pass on your comments to Ed, Steve, and am sure he'll be delighted that you like his lovlies. It would be terrific if these samples generated some business, as I'm still saving up for the d200 and a few lenses ;).
     
  9. The last one is my favorite, too, Simon, but it took much more work than the others, and would have to command a good price to be worth the effort.

    The light tent was a great investment! It's already paid for itself 4 times over from product work.
     

  10. Thanks, Frank! I'll keep you updated on the commercial success of this little venture. I'm thinking of framing one or two of them, so they make a bigger impact when Ed takes them to the next knife club meeting.
     
  11. Flew

    Flew

    994
    Jan 25, 2005
    Alabama
    Well done Frank. I too really like the diffuse light that you get with that tent. To be honest, I'd rather do this kind of photography than weddings. The subjects don't get really mad at you if you mess up a shot or two. :rolleyes:
     
  12. But they don't give you kisses and hugs if you get a good shot :cool:.
     
  13. Flew

    Flew

    994
    Jan 25, 2005
    Alabama
    True. :smile:
     
  14. Joseph S. Wisniewski

    Joseph S. Wisniewski

    100
    Aug 11, 2005
    Frank, this post fills me with a sense of Deja Vu, like I've seen it somewhere else before.

    ;)
     
  15. Joseph S. Wisniewski

    Joseph S. Wisniewski

    100
    Aug 11, 2005
    Well, I typically photograph knives with beautiful women, but I'm still not sure you want hugs and kisses. :biggrin:

    This model is Tarah, the knife is a hand made Daryl Hibben: Damascassed steel blade, similar folding of three shades of brass for the guard, and the handle (not visible in this picture, sorry) is crabapple burl. (Link only, it might be glamour, it might be bikini, I'm not sure, so I'll play it safe).
    http://www.pbase.com/the_wiz/image/20251108/large.jpg

    This is Kym with a replica (limited edition) Kit Rae. (link only, because of nudity)
    http://www.pbase.com/the_wiz/image/22996288.jpg

    Kym with a sword from Toledo, Spain. (more nudity)
    http://www.pbase.com/the_wiz/image/22996289.jpg

    Rilyn with a limited edition set of Tom Amderson, well, whatever Tom calls those things. (Nudity, again)
    http://www.swissarmyfork.com/gallery1/figure/fight/slides/2005-03-03-0573.jpg
     
  16. mrtac2man

    mrtac2man

    Jun 3, 2005
    CT
    WOW WOW WOW.. not much more to say... they are very nice..

    Tim
     
  17. Trust me, with those models, I'd take the risk :Crunk:
     
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