DAIWA SALTIST DEMON BLOOD
Fishing rods are always challenging but add the colour red to them and it even gets more challenging. Reds are on of those coolers that never look right, most camera sensors seem to struggle with red tones. In the early days of digital, CCD sensors were in most high end cameras and I personally believe replicated reds, straight out of the camera far better than the current CMOS sensors. My original Leica M9 produced stunning reds, but with some tweaking the Nikon Z7 II matched with an X Rite Color Checker gets as close as I could get to the actual product color.
Fishing rods are one of the hardest items I do to get perfect. The combination of a slim tubular items with multiple colours, metals, cork or eva etc make it challenging. I began shooting them during film days before digital, my setup still remains the same… a fully custom-made Lightbox, that delivers images with no reflections, hot spots or shadows.
Lighting power, fstop and speed remain the same as I’m so attuned to shooting them, the only component that is checked every time is white balance. Each rod I shoot a test image with an Xrite Color Checker as each rod rod will change the white balance inside the lightbox.
In light of the difficulties of rod photos, I still love the challenge and its always satisfying when being able to shoot great looking products.
|Camera:||Nikon Z7 II|
|Lens:||Nikon PC-E 45mm f2.8D ED and PC-E Micro Nikkor 85mm f2.8D with FTZ|
|Lighting||Godox AD600 PRO with Aurora 52 inch strip soft box and custom made Lightbox|