IN THE FIELD: Gold Or Silver


A few weeks ago I was out doing some street photography in the shopping district of a nearby town. I got some shots of the local architecture, storefronts, construction workers, signage, and people milling about town.

As I walked past a shop filled with jewelry and beads from around the world, something shiny in the storefront window caught my eye. It was a small display of hand hammered sterling silver scarf rings.

I liked how the light reflected off the facets in the metal. Getting a good photo looking through the window proved to be nearly impossible. So I went inside and asked the owner if I could get a few photos of the display, and she said, โ€œhave at it.โ€ I decided to photograph them using the available light in the shop rather than using a flash.

The natural daylight and the overhead halogen lights combined with the cloudy white balance setting I was using, turned the silver a warm golden color. And while it does not reflect the true color of the piece, I like the mood it sets.

f 2.2


ISO 200

cloudy WB

  1. August 12, 2013 at 3:16 am

    flash and metal/jewellery don’t go very well so excellent choice to use natural light.. the color is warm and that conveys goldi-ness very well..

    I am a sucker for B&W though and however counter-intuitive it might look at the face of it, I would also give that conversion a look – u never know ๐Ÿ™‚

    • August 13, 2013 at 9:45 am

      I like that…”goldi-ness”! Following your advice I did try a conversion to B&W. It looked pretty neat but I don’t think I played around with it enough…it didn’t seem to have the impact of the color version. Or I don’t know what I’m doing LOL. I think I’ll give it another go and post it later this week…maybe even today.

      • August 15, 2013 at 5:49 pm

        it might not work on all. I had a few examples in mind but can’t seem to have a link handy. will send it over when I find it. It is the experimentation that matters most..the results not always ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. August 12, 2013 at 8:00 am

    Jewelry can be a pain to photograph sometimes especially silver but I’ve used a blue filter sometimes to get the silver to really come out and have used bounce flash. Great bokeh; I thought at first it was gold jewelry ๐Ÿ™‚

    • August 13, 2013 at 9:47 am

      Hey…interesting idea using a blue filter! Since we are having monsoons here today I think I will get out some of S’s jewelry and play a bit! Thanks for the inspiration!

  3. August 13, 2013 at 2:13 am

    Lovely! I love the highlights on the hammered surface, and the shapes and colours in the background, too.

    • August 13, 2013 at 9:51 am

      It an amazing store. The owner has thousands (really) of strings of beads from all over the world. It’s so colorful. I have a few shots of the displays but I would really like to go back and spend some more time there. The shots I took were hand held…next time I’m using a tripod so I can play with depth of field and lighting more efficiently.

  4. August 13, 2013 at 9:40 am

    Nice of the shop owner to let you take the photos! Great photo with cool bokeh!

    • August 13, 2013 at 9:52 am

      It sure was…I’m hoping she will allow me to get some more photos of the displays. It was rather overwhelming for a spur of the moment visit.

  5. August 14, 2013 at 10:05 am

    Wonderful image !!

  6. August 14, 2013 at 11:33 am

    Thanks Bernie! I really like the warm glow in this image.

  7. August 14, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    Beautiful, David.

    • August 15, 2013 at 1:06 pm

      Thanks John, at first I thought they were rings but had to ask the gal because the holes were so big LOL.

  8. August 14, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    very effective with use of dpth of field, warmth and lines, David.

    • August 15, 2013 at 1:08 pm

      Thanks Jane, for this shot I set the camera on the table so I could use a slow shutter speed and obtain a shallow depth of field. The light worked out perfectly.

  9. August 29, 2013 at 11:59 am

    Definitely silver ๐Ÿ™‚ But if I haven’t seen the silver one, I’d say this is a very professional shot ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. August 30, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    Wow professional…I think a good bit of luck was at play with this one too.

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