DAIWA PRESSO MINNOW 95SP
There’s a bit of history to this lure for me, originally released in the early part of the 2000’s as the TD Minnow, I first shot these lures on a Nikon D2X with the first version of the PC Micro Nikkor 85mm f2.8D. This was Nikons flagship camera at that time, 12 megapixels was really quite amazing at the time. Leap forward to 2020 and the latest version of the lure is shot with Nikons latest flagship model, the Niko Z7 II with the current PC-E Micro Nikkor 85mm f2.8D. Not much really has changed in how they are shot, one thing that I yused back then and still use now is my Sekonic L508 Lightmeter, over 20 plus years old and still delivering the goods, an amazing investment. The biggest change is the advancement in lighting. Current strobes are just so good, with colour calibration, white balance, sync speed, wifi etc they deliver perfect light and colour every time.
Shooting lures as standard images and also as UV spectrum, not UV glow, isn’t that simple but with all of planning and setup its done quite quickly. Before the setup these lures need a real thorough clean, UV lights reveal event the slightest bit of dust, finger print or oil from skin.
The tricky part to photograph the lures with twin studio lights and at the same time take the next image with UV lights so the lure could be flipped for web display and be in the same position. After a lot of practice, I have built a set that easily swaps the lights at a touch of a button and the background from white to black without moving the set. To get the full impact of UV it needs to be shot on a black background. The final setup allows the lure to be shot in unison, standard colour and then UV quickly and easily, its not a quick setup, but it is very efficient.
|Camera:||Nikon Z7 II|
|Lens:||NIKKOR PC-E Micro Nikkor 85mm f2.8D with FTZ adapter.|
|Notes:||Trigger: Godox XPro N AND NIKON WR-10|
|Lighting||Flash: 2 x Godox AD300 PRO with Godox ADS65W. Trigger: Godox XPro N and Nikon WR-10|