Add Another Six Strings

Judging by the title, you may think that this post is about programming. It might also be a reference to altering a table structure in a database. In this particular case, however, the reference is made in acquiring another musical instrument. An electric guitar to be precise.

Once the guitar bug bites, it is very difficult to resist the temptation to be content with just one. Almost immediately the quest for subsequent acquisitions begins. One leads to two. Two leads to four. One guitar cannot satisfy all types of music.


It is analogous to having one pair of running shoes. Yes you can wear them for running, cycling and playing squash, but you will suffer without a specialized pair for each sport.


Making an attempt at combining two of my favorite hobbies, photographing a music instrument is not as easy as it looks. As with all photography, lighting is really important, but another factor to consider is the reflection that results if shooting straight on.

Whatever angle you end up shooting at becomes a challenge because you not only need to be conscious of what the background is behind the subject, but also what is reflected and where it is reflected from. As you can see in the first shot, the unfinished ceiling and pot lights from my basement are reflected and leave the overall impression somewhat less than what I was going for. In the second shot, the reflection makes it look like there is a nasty scratch in the finish which is not actually the case.

Of course, the nice thing about digital photography, is repeat as necessary with no cost other than time trying to get the shot just right.


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Big Smoke Photography is based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. All images are Copyrighted and may not be used without permission.
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