Salvador Atance, PPSA  

Precision Tools by Salvador Atance, PPSA

May 2020 - Precision Tools

About the Image(s)

ec parĂ metres: f/16, 1/3s, ISO 100, cĂ mera Olympus E-M1, Lens Olympus 50mm F2, manual focus.

TrĂ­pode with focus rail and release cable, no flash, lateral leds light panel, shot on april 2020.

Ten photos focus stuck with Helicon Focus and crop to 16:9 to concentrate viewing on the main tools, and Lightroom adjustings of lights and shadows.

6 comments posted

Zolt Levay   Zolt Levay
Nicely done. I love the sharpness and precision, which matches the subject well. One doesn't even need to know what this is, there is a sculptural quality to many tools which is a great example of the blending of form and function.
I do feel the image overall is a bit busy, not sure where my eye should land; maybe try it on a plain background? Also, a couple of distractions are the writing on the bottom and the green detail at the top which draw my eye out of the frame.   Posted: 05/10/2020 09:00:47
Salvador Atance   Salvador Atance
"is a great example of the blending of form and function" I love how you express it. As I'm not coming from the world of art but engineering for me is the natural way. The bigger ones at the center, over their toolbox, for me was obvious the important ones who where, sorry.
  Posted: 05/16/2020 11:42:26

Dick States   Dick States
You did a great job on your stack, nice and sharp. When you do you stack with Helicon Focus which method did you use? A,B, or C? I have been using method C lately. May have been asked before, what focus rail do you use and are you happy with it?
I agree with Zolt with everything in his last paragraph. It feels a bit busy to me. Maybe if the main tools were on a little different angle and maybe a little more space on the bottom to the edge that would also help.
The other thing I see about the image are the areas that are blown out mostly due to glare from the reflective surface of the chrome surface. This is one place I don't think a polarizer would help, maybe some, but if I remember right I don't think a polarizer works on metallic surfaces.
Nice sharp image and lots of interesting things to look at and figure what they are.
  Posted: 05/10/2020 13:10:05
Salvador Atance   Salvador Atance
Hi Dick, method B. I think you're right we've been speaking few months ago about the focus rail. It is a cheap and not too good one, it only works preciselly in horizontal position. More times I set the focus in Manual and use the peaking function of my càmera to see where is the focus pointing when moving the focus ring. I have a polarizer but forgot to mount it, I'll try not to forget next time.   Posted: 05/16/2020 11:34:28

Jean Armstrong   Jean Armstrong
very sharp image. If I was a tool person It would be lovely.
It is an interesting idea, taking pictures of things we do not look closely at. I personally prefer softer expressions.
I am not good at giving you ideas about how to improve your image. For what it is, it is precise.   Posted: 05/11/2020 16:35:22

Sandra Irwin   Sandra Irwin
Very crisp and sharp! Wow, how sharp are those cutters! I like the fact it's in color, not monochrome, as I appreciate the shadings of grey, silver, and black. However, I find the strong light on the top and back of the tool on the right and the right side (facing it as we are) of the cutters to be too bright, and thus distracting.   Posted: 05/20/2020 16:45:22


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