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Old 11-08-2017, 08:51 AM
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Rod photos

I want to get some better photos of the bamboo rods I make. I did a search here on the site and couldn't find much on rod photography. It's a little different then just doing a macro shot of a fly as I want to capture the whole rod or section. How are my fellow rod makers taking photos of their work?
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Old 11-09-2017, 08:42 AM
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Ronald,

Take some wideangle and telephoto pics of your work. Place a few pics on here for constructive criticism of your picture taking.
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Old 11-10-2017, 03:24 PM
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Here is a photo of the stripper guide for a rod I'm currently working on. It's a 7' 4wt "Sir D" taper. Green agate stripper guide with Pearsall's Gossamer Jasper for the main wrap and Pearsall's black for the edges
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Old 11-10-2017, 06:12 PM
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The photo looks good. I like the white background to help the guide and windings standout. I am curious on how the name "Sir D" came about.
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Old 11-10-2017, 07:26 PM
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The Sir "D" taper is a Darryl Hayashida modification of a Cattanch 7' 4wt which itself is a cross between a P. H. Young Midge and a Cross Sylph. Darryl's new taper resulted in kind of a crossover taper from graphite to bamboo. While the rod action is still not fast compared to graphite, it is fast for bamboo. The Sir "D" is also a great rod for roll casting. The new taper is called the Sir "D" in honor of Darryl. I'm making this one for myself to use on small water where a full cast arc is not possible.
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Old 11-11-2017, 08:47 AM
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Ok. I'm not a rod maker but I'll play along... IMO, the guide could be more centered in the pic and the shot a bit tighter and brighter. Perhaps a white box would work for the pics? maybe provide that white contrasting background from all angles.
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Old 11-11-2017, 10:06 AM
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Depends how far you want to go, but you can make a box frame out of cardboard, purchase a large piece of construction paper for the back ground and let it curve down and under your object (the rod). Then 'fill in the other walls with tissue paper. Place lights on the outside of the frame so that the tissue diffuses the direct light and dramatically softens the shadows.

What you'd essentially be making is this >> light box

Which you can see isn't too expensive to purchase on its own either.

Google Image "photo light box" It will make a world of difference as far as professional photos.
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Old 11-11-2017, 07:55 PM
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Old 11-11-2017, 08:29 PM
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I work with a rodbuilder in Switzerland named Renato Vitalini who has a company called v-stick custom fly rods: https://www.v-stickflyrods.com/

I've been burning artwork into rod grips for a few years now. Renato uses my grips as part of his very nice rods. He also takes pretty great photos of them. He seems to mainly focus on a particular part of the rod with each shop and I'll wager he's using a light box. Anyway, check out his website (and facebook, instagram, etc.) to see the photos and I'm sure he'd be happy to tell you how he gets his shots.
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