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bmike-vt wrote:
Here is one that doesn’t work as well for me, and I’m going to re-shoot it. All the tools my father had in his toolbox at work at his initials etched into them. He probably got this one when he finished his apprenticeship.

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/52650832918_846384ace3_h.jpgDad's Micrometer Initials by Mike, on Flickr


Yeah, but CB is part of the story, too. It's like having one of HSB's or Adams' camera, or the camera that went to the moon.

Dig on the "soft wear" patina, in the knurling, etc. Might be lost on some folks, but as hard as that iron is, it takes a lot of use to soften the knurling like that. It's kinda like the brassing of a well loved camera, but wearing through paint and brass is a whole lot easier than wearing down iron.

Dig the backstory, and as to the focus stacking "glitches" ... they don't interfere with the story, so whatever you're seeing as technical glitches, they didn't become detractors that I can see.

Now, about that one you took apart ... ha, ha ... reminds me of the time I tore apart my mother's stereo console, and she came home to find it strewn about the floor in pieces. Fortunately, I got it back together, but she and dad weren't too ... well, let's just say, I had a lesson, too.

Although, I did go on to disassemble one of my bikes in my room with white carpet. Different lesson. Something about black grease and white carpeting. Must have been my entry into Black and White creativity.

Anyway, nice set.



Jan 27, 2023 at 06:06 AM
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Mike, these are fantastic and I love reading the backstory on images as it connects the viewer to the images presented. I really like the details you have captured. How big was your stack and what software did u use? The BW truly makes these images stand out. Good work and hope u r well👍🏻


Jan 27, 2023 at 10:10 AM
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bmike-vt wrote:
Tom, thanks for the kind words. I’m not shy about sharing photos, but I never quite feel like I ‘get it right’. I’m glad that you see something in these, it makes the struggle to learn worth it.



AMEN!




Jan 27, 2023 at 01:05 PM
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Thanks.

Oh man, I was banished from the house for special ‘projects’. I too took apart my bike many times. Until I couldn’t get it together and had to pay allowance money to get it properly fixed.

I also love that these are worn and have a bit of pitting and rust on them. They are smoother in some places than others. I heard somewhere no matter how nice your kitchen knives - if you never sharpen them you aren’t really cooking. I applied that to my planes and chisels, and my dad applied it to his tools. Even after he was in management he would come home far dirtier than any of his crew. He just couldn’t not work with his hands.

RustyBug wrote:
Yeah, but CB is part of the story, too. It's like having one of HSB's or Adams' camera, or the camera that went to the moon.

Dig on the "soft wear" patina, in the knurling, etc. Might be lost on some folks, but as hard as that iron is, it takes a lot of use to soften the knurling like that. It's kinda like the brassing of a well loved camera, but wearing through paint and brass is a whole lot easier than wearing down iron.

Dig the backstory, and as to the focus stacking "glitches" ... they don't interfere
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Jan 27, 2023 at 02:53 PM
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Thank you! More to come regarding tools. And with the weather crap here learning some new things has been keeping my mind busy.

keepclicking wrote:
Mike, these are fantastic and I love reading the backstory on images as it connects the viewer to the images presented. I really like the details you have captured. How big was your stack and what software did u use? The BW truly makes these images stand out. Good work and hope u r well👍🏻




Jan 27, 2023 at 02:55 PM
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keepclicking wrote:
Mike, these are fantastic and I love reading the backstory on images as it connects the viewer to the images presented. I really like the details you have captured. How big was your stack and what software did u use? The BW truly makes these images stand out. Good work and hope u r well👍🏻


Hi Parul -

The stacks varied from 8 to 14 images. And depending on the rendering I may have left out the first or last image to get a little bit of blur to the table top.

I ended up buying Helicon focus. Currently the lite version, but I will upgrade to the pro so I can pass DNG back and forth to Lr. I just bought a year, but I think after some testing I will end up with a subscription or a perpetual license.

Photoshop had trouble with some of these (and other tools I tried to image).




Jan 28, 2023 at 02:50 AM
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