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Unread 07-06-2002, 11:44 AM   #21
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Thanks Albert, I am leaning towards a couple of lights with umbrellas to take out the shadows. When I take this pictures, I want them nice and clear.
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Unread 07-06-2002, 11:29 PM   #22
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Nice thread on photographing the illusive ever popular Luger. I think that Albert has some awesome experience in this field and I am glad to see him share some of his techniques. It is unfortunate that so many of the books we have on Lugers don't have the quality of picture that Albert achieves consistantly. Amazingly, we are almost to the film quality with some of the higher end digital cams. The nice thing with digital is that you can shoot 20 shots to get one really good one and all it costs is the time. If one takes the time to learn to use Adobe Photoshop it might cut down on the expense of some of the 'color' balanced lighting equipment. (Nice guns and pictures you guys!!)
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Unread 07-07-2002, 12:06 AM   #23
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John D, It is an early S code. It came with phony brown plastic grips. I have the Book, The Krieghoff Parabellum and as I remember it is supposed to have either wood or brown plastic. It is really a pretty decent looking pistol, of course nowhere as good looking as yours! Jerry Burney
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Bill,

Thank you very much for your kind compliment on my quality photos. To reach this level took many hours of trail, error and film and I am still learning new 'tricks' as I photograph more pistols. Let me tell you, lighting is a 'funny' game especially with different objects, colors, and angles.

I agree with you that digital cameras are catching up to negative film as well as the digital cameraa allowing you to take many photos to keep the ones you prefer. I still prefer a film camera as a result of the interchanging of lens and I do plan to buy an excellent digital camera for 'on the road' shots when I cannot take along all my equipment.

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John D.

I played with your pic a little and am posting it here. It is the pic in post dated 7-5-2002 @ 1900 hours. (Adjusted the gamma, lightness, and sharpness.) I use several pieces of software to filter photos (MGI Photosuite II SE, Paint Shop Pro, ThumbsPlus, and Presto PageManager). Each one performs certain tasks better than the others.

Hope that you don't mind.

(P.S. Nice Luger!)




And the top:




Thought I would try another one:





Might as well make Albert upset also: <img src="graemlins/beerchug.gif" border="0" alt="[cheers]" />

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WOW, difficult to sleep after seeing these pix, HK has a different meaning for me but I sure love learning about L?¼ger pistols. [img]wink.gif[/img]
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Unread 07-07-2002, 10:40 PM   #27
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WELCOME Ed..!!!!

I used to communicate with you under another "name" at another Forum - and it is terrific to see you over here!!!

I understand that things in France are a little difficult now - so please know you have our shared thoughts and concerns about the way French politics and laws seem to be going.

On another note....

WES - what did you do to my PHOTO'S??!!!! [img]biggrin.gif[/img] [img]wink.gif[/img] [img]eek.gif[/img] Seriously - they are better - but they seem very "splotched"? I need to try to take some new photos if I get the chance.. Thanks for trying, though!!!!! I like the "lighter" version of my "1940", but it seems off in with the amount of "grain" - and the color still seems off???? Also - the straw still doesn't look right? I think it's the original photo - and not your excellent re-work of those photos!!! Thanks for trying!!!
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I have found when i adjust photos (for E-bay or home) that they pictures quality goes down the more you mess with them.

So, the better and lighter the pic is to start with and the less you have to "adjust" them, the better.
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