This exercise seemed on the face of it rather simple and I was hoping to have it done before I set off for work. In the end it took longer than I expected due to the face that I was taking so many test shots.
I found an object that had a shiny surface, some spoons. After a little polish I could see my face in them. I had a look on the internet to see examples of spoons in images to see what the results should be, for example
These were just four examples that I found and they all had one thing in common, reflection of some form of light.
I thought that this may have been done by the photographer to show the quality of the silver, as a clean spoon with a nice reflection would look better that a spoon with little or no reflection.
It’s not that the quality of the spoons may be any different, just the look of them.
Well here are my first set of images, black background, camera above on tripod, light next to camera with no shielding
Clearly this image would be of no use, so after reading the notes I added the tracing paper to shield the light, here are the results.
AS you can see there is a lot less reflection, just the lens and the paper, but try as I could I couldn’t get rid of the black except as below:-
I could also see greater detail in the image of the spoon with shielding in fact I could se the ridge detail of this fingermark!
I think that the above mark proved the point of this exercise. To get better quality images of a shiny surface use some form of shielding between the light and the object.