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    My watch photography

    Some pics I've taken of my watches over the years. Cheers.







































    Last edited by JPE; 8th December 2018 at 16:45.

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    I'm not an expert on photography in any way, shape or form but I feel that to fit in with the rest of the TZ-UK photography clique, they need to be a lot, lot darker.
    Really nice collection of watches you have though!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lampoc View Post
    I'm not an expert on photography in any way, shape or form but I feel that to fit in with the rest of the TZ-UK photography clique, they need to be a lot, lot darker.
    Really nice collection of watches you have though!
    Really? Dark photographs usually have noise and all that. Anyone can create an "artsy" dark photo.

    I'm aiming for technically good photos where watches are evenly lit all over. Maybe not everyone's cup of tea though.

    Thanks about the comment about the watches though. Cheers.

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    Thanks for sharing, particularly like the Pepsi shot and the Tag in the water.

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    Quote Originally Posted by westy View Post
    Thanks for sharing, particularly like the Pepsi shot and the Tag in the water.
    Thanks. That kind of compositions are sometimes fun to make.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lampoc View Post
    I'm not an expert on photography in any way, shape or form but I feel that to fit in with the rest of the TZ-UK photography clique, they need to be a lot, lot darker.
    Really nice collection of watches you have though!
    Really?

    Quote Originally Posted by JPE View Post
    Really? Dark photographs usually have noise and all that. Anyone can create an "artsy" dark photo.

    I'm aiming for technically good photos where watches are evenly lit all over. Maybe not everyone's cup of tea though.

    Thanks about the comment about the watches though. Cheers.
    I wouldn’t worry, there are some excellent shots there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by learningtofly View Post
    Really?



    I wouldn’t worry, there are some excellent shots there.
    Thanks man.

    I'm a professional photographer. I don't shoot watches though, they're just a hobby.

    But shooting something like the old Seamaster, bringing out the wave pattern (without crystal AR) while maintaining simultaneously stuff like the bracelet details requires at least some technical skill. Some might not like my "clinical" style though. That's perfectly ok.
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    Quote Originally Posted by learningtofly View Post
    I rest my case ;)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lampoc View Post
    I rest my case ;)
    Perfectly exposed. That said, I'll give you a discount

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    Great watches and great photos! Thanks for sharing and please do post more watch photos like this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vortgern View Post
    Great watches and great photos! Thanks for sharing and please do post more watch photos like this.
    Thanks much.

    By request here's one darker pic.


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    Great shots there, particularly like the Pepsi shot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JPE View Post
    By request here's one darker pic.
    Thanks! :D
    I was just joking around about dark photos in the first place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lampoc View Post
    Thanks! :D
    I was just joking around about dark photos in the first place.
    Ok, cool. ;)

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    They look fantastic, well done.

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    Thank you for sharing these! You have had some cracking watches.

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    Fantastic photos, specially like the macro shot of the Breitling.

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    Good images, I’m a pro photographer too, I think what has been mentioned about “dark” images is strong vignettes and quite a bit of dodging and burning with the highlights and shadows..

    This editing style does concentrate the viewer to certain areas of a watch and gives them an almost advertisement look but sometimes it goes to far for me.
    Personally I like natural light and reasonably even lit images although a hint of vignette does draw the eye to specific areas.
    Even though I have some nice kit I just use my phone for watch pics but I must try harder as they say and really editing is all in the eye of the beholder!


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    Thanks a lot, everyone. Appreciated.

    PS: Camera means very little when shooting watches. Lighting is everything. I've taken some great shots with Canon PowerShot A520 (which was an amazing cheapie back in the day).

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    Quote Originally Posted by learningtofly View Post
    Really?



    I wouldn’t worry, there are some excellent shots there.
    Stunning Tony I havnt seen these before, very moody and atmospheric

    Steve

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    Quote Originally Posted by higham5 View Post
    Stunning Tony I havnt seen these before, very moody and atmospheric

    Steve
    Oh, thanks Steve!

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    Love the photo of the Tag coming out of the water and the superocean photos make me really miss my old SO which was identical to yours. I loved wearing it but traded for an Avenger GMT which I never wore and then sold.
    Crazy hobby!

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    Great pictures and I prefer the natural looking shots over some folks editing skills, If only my pictures were as good...

    Talking of which, my very basic camera (Nikon P510) has started playing hard to get, the buttons take ages to react and the top dial sometimes goes awol, Is there a modern version I should look to buy or send this one off for a service? If looking at a new replacement I am no David Bailey wannabe so SLR's are out for me.

    I love the 42x zoom in a fixed lens (when I can get it working lol)

    gadget

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    The picture of your Aquaracer in the water is one of the best watch pictures I have seen in a long time.

    I bet that took a lot of patience to get the right shot?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wazza View Post
    The picture of your Aquaracer in the water is one of the best watch pictures I have seen in a long time.

    I bet that took a lot of patience to get the right shot?

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    Thanks.

    I have to admit that there's some Photoshop layer trickery involved. Haha. It didn't come straight out of camera like that. :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by JPE View Post
    Thanks.

    I have to admit that there's some Photoshop layer trickery involved. Haha. It didn't come straight out of camera like that. :)
    And there was me thinking you dropped your watch in the bath 100 times before getting the perfect shot!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JPE View Post
    Thanks.

    I have to admit that there's some Photoshop layer trickery involved. Haha. It didn't come straight out of camera like that. :)
    Don't bring out the haters.

    Great pics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jocke View Post
    Don't bring out the haters.

    Great pics.
    Hey Jocke you're here too. Your photos have always been amazing and a source of inspiration to me.

    Cheers mate. Tack så mycket. Greetings from Finland!

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    Great pictures, keep them just the way they are.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alphajet View Post
    Great pictures, keep them just the way they are.
    Thanks!

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    The Pepsi shot is brilliant - really looks good!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Siysiy View Post
    The Pepsi shot is brilliant - really looks good!
    Thanks. Here's another old composition of the same theme. Cheers.


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    I like them. I like bright clean shots. This is important so that the colours stand out and you get good detail of the dial.

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    really good snaps!

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    Very good,I could see these in official brochures.

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    Superb photos and amazing collection of watches.

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    The Ebel is a lovely looking watch .


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    There's some lovely shots for sure, but I have a few suggestions (feel free to ignore as anything art-based is subjective:)). My background is the creative industry, with a healthy interest in photography (not that I'm particularly good at it, but hopefully have a good understanding).

    To me your most successful shots are the ones that don't rely too heavily on Photoshop. Cut-out backgrounds, glows and lens-flares fall very much into the cheesy end of the spectrum. The last shot of the Sea-Dweller is probably my favourite, it looks great in it's natural environment on top of the box with the Buehlmann Table peeking in the corner to keep it interesting. Add a subtle bit of depth of field blur to focus the views eye a little more, and a subtle colour grade to embed it a little and it's a winner!

    It'd also recommend losing the typography, drop shadows and boarders!

    Anyway, that's my 3 pence that nobody asked for, hope it's constructive in some way :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kitz View Post
    The Ebel is a lovely looking watch .
    Yeah it is. And a real bargain at current prices too.

    Insanely well finished watch and great details. It's crazy that this BTR line never achieved any commercial success. Cheers.

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    And thanks, all.

    @mutanthands: Yeah some of those photo compositions are very old, like 10 years. I don't use Photoshop gimmicks much anymore. But sometimes they're fun to do. Cheers.

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    I think everyone goes through that phase when starting out with Photoshop 🙂
    Keep up the good work 👍🏻

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    Pic on the go



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    Snapped this yesterday.

    Black and white watches aren't very photogenic so I couldn't help myself and added some additional and "cheesy" color there. Flame on! :D


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    Now this is black and white.


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    I do like reflections!


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    Quote Originally Posted by MartynJC (UK) View Post
    I do like reflections!

    Nice shot Martyn.

    Is this Aqua Terra? Very nice.

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    Great shots!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JPE View Post
    Nice shot Martyn.

    Is this Aqua Terra? Very nice.
    It is (was. It was the ‘Skyfall’ model. It’s long gone from my collection but lovely watch!

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    Those Aquaterras are stunning

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    Lovely photo's

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