Guitar Art - The Difficulty of Photographing Guitars

Discussion in 'V.C.'s Parlor' started by duceditor, Apr 5, 2021.

  1. Hadronic Spin

    Hadronic Spin J Squier, Esquier Gold Supporting Member

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    To me visually, a Strat is about the "Contour", and that is what what I tried to capture in an artistic sense. I took a total of 89 photographs, many of which were tests of light and reflection. I shoot RAW format (digital negative) only, and when finished with post processing I convert the completed images to a standard JPEG/sRGB format. If I print, then it's TIFF/AdobeRGB format with appropriate Paper Profiles.

    This particular shot I was holding the guitar by it's neck with my left hand, camera in my right hand with the body of the guitar rested on my bed.

    The guitar, my Contemporary Strat, is named after a dear friend of mine from those "Hair Metal" days of the 80s...

    Below I will include the non-edited version of my submission, and a few runner-ups.

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    Don, welcome back and thank you for the challenge.

    Regards

    J
     
  2. duceditor

    duceditor Squier-Axpert Gold Supporting Member

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    Thanks. It is both informative and fun to see ideas as they develop, change , sometimes combine, and grow.

    Great shots!

    -don
     
  3. Ian Sheridan 1978

    Ian Sheridan 1978 Squier Talker

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    I managed to not have my balls on show in the reflection in this one
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  4. dbrian66

    dbrian66 Dr. Squier

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    That’s a cool picture!
     
  5. KelvinS1965

    KelvinS1965 Squier-Meister

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    This is a crop of a large picture, but I like the way the two colours work with each other and how it seems a bit like an optical illusion as to which is 'on top' (maybe just my eyes fooling me!).

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  6. Ian Sheridan 1978

    Ian Sheridan 1978 Squier Talker

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    It's such a cool guitar. Love it
     
  7. duceditor

    duceditor Squier-Axpert Gold Supporting Member

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    I love the tonality. How both tone and color are muted, but both are full of visual interest. And the guitar remains foremost despite the reflections and textured surfaces.

    Wonderful!

    -don
     
  8. Angry Possum

    Angry Possum A Psychotic 6 String Collector Gold Supporting Member

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    If I may, some of my baby's.
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  9. Ian Sheridan 1978

    Ian Sheridan 1978 Squier Talker

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    Thank you kindly
     
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  10. dbrian66

    dbrian66 Dr. Squier

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    I was out trying catch shadows for the “form” assignment. Didn’t get anything good for that, but did end up with this one that just looks pretty cool.

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  11. duceditor

    duceditor Squier-Axpert Gold Supporting Member

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    I've been going back and once again so enjoying the examples of guitar photos you guys have shared here! And in that I suspect I am not alone.

    How are we coming with this weeks "assignment" on emphasizing the visual component of Form?

    I, so far, have chosen my instrument for this project -- having looked for one that has "Form" as a basic and well known design character.

    In my case that came down to either one of my dreadnaught style instruments, or my archtop style 'jazzbox.'

    There are of course, solid body electrics that have some Form (Les Pauls, for instance do) -- and I'm betting we see some good work highlighting the form of one or more of these. -But the challenge will be greater -- that because most solids rely to a greater extent on Shape.

    Oh, and if these terms, so familiar to the few of us who seriously studied art, are not really clear to you here's a simple Form vs Shape comparison:


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    The trick will be for us to find a way to highlight the quality. That because we tend to take such things so for granted! It's stuff that just "is."

    In simple terms form is shape, but in 3D. It has depth as well as hight and width.

    Showing tht in 2D is the trick. But as in the above illustrations it is, once again, something we tend to know -- even if we never thought about it. Light and shading are the keys to showing it -- and (here where we are tested!), finding a angle that reveals it.

    Turn the box so one of its sides simply faces you and all you have is a square. Show a ball without shadow and shading and all you have is a... circle.

    Fun stuff!

    (well, if you're into this stuff!!!) ;)

    -don
     
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  12. dbrian66

    dbrian66 Dr. Squier

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    I am having a tough time with this one. I am going to take your advice and try an acoustic maybe. So far I have only been messing with electrics. Trying to catch shadows. But I can’t ever seem to get the lighting right. I am having fun trying though, and in the process getting some cool guitar pictures.
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  13. duceditor

    duceditor Squier-Axpert Gold Supporting Member

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    I'll save thoughts and comments until tomorrow when hopefully all those participating in the thread will have had the opportunity to share their 'focused on form' guitar photos. But here's mine:


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    Can't wait to see what others share! :)

    -don
     
  14. dbrian66

    dbrian66 Dr. Squier

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    Here is mine. I’m not near as happy with this one as I was with the “shape” picture last week.

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  15. duceditor

    duceditor Squier-Axpert Gold Supporting Member

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    As "art" I can see your point. Last week's was especially eye appealing. But as a demonstration of dimensionality and "form" you certainly succeeded! :)

    -don
     
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  16. dbrian66

    dbrian66 Dr. Squier

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    Where are all the “form” pictures? I was hoping to learn something.
     
  17. Hadronic Spin

    Hadronic Spin J Squier, Esquier Gold Supporting Member

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    I'll have something up in a few moments...

    J
     
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  18. Hadronic Spin

    Hadronic Spin J Squier, Esquier Gold Supporting Member

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    Canon M100
    Canon EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro
    Single focus light source -- micro flashlight
    1/40th sec
    f/5.6
    iso 1600
    PP LR6

    J
     
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  19. Hadronic Spin

    Hadronic Spin J Squier, Esquier Gold Supporting Member

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    After further thought, my submissions are still “ shape”...

    I’ll work on it tomorrow.

    J
     
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