Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Homemade Christmas Tree Ornaments

Today's post was SUPPOSED to be the start of a few days worth of architecture shots taken of abandoned buildings. I had a shoot lined up yesterday, and... it started snowing. Not in the plan. Unfortunately, it seems to still be snowing today. So I might have to wait on the shoot until tomorrow, or even later this week.

Instead, I'll show you a couple of Christmas tree ornaments I turned on my lathe. Nothing too fancy; one is maple, and the other is walnut. But they were pretty fun photography subjects (once I finally got them to stop rolling off the counter).

click to enlarge, or see it on Flickr
Aperture: f/2.6
Shutter Speed: 1/13
ISO: 80

Not as tack sharp as I would have liked. That goes with shooting handheld at 1/13th of a second. I don't care how braced against things you are, or how good your image stabilization is. At 1/13th, you'll get better results with a tripod. Unfortunately, when I shot this, I was in a hurry to get out the door.

On the bright side, I barely had to do any post-processing. The lighting was already pretty warm, but not overdone, the white balance was just right, and I didn't feel adding a lot of saturation or contrast would help this photo. I didn't even crop. This is very close to being right off the camera.

Out of curiosity, does anyone else out there woodwork or woodturn?


  1. I really like this... I like the shapes, shadows, wood textures, and the nice soft bokeh in the upper background. Fun objects! It's always great to have your shots SOOC! I don't do any wood working, other than construction stuff, so I admire your talent! Very nice work! Is there anything you can't do? Fine work on both the wood turning and the photography!

  2. Great work on the photo, but even greater work on the wood working. You have lots of talent.

    I've enjoyed following your blog toward the end of this year, and look forward to your continued work this year. Thank you for all of the helpful comments on my blog.

    Happy New Year


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