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Sechs Dutzend

Sechs Dutzend

L. & C. Hardtmuth „Studio” Drawing Pencils No. 541

Sechs Dutzend

LYRA Italia No. 1205

Sechs Dutzend

A.W. Faber Polygrade 1205

Sechs Dutzend

L. & C. Hardtmuth 1205

Sechs Dutzend

Presbitero Steno 3001

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LYRA Kopierstift 1641

Update vom 3.10.11: Fotos überarbeitet (mehr dazu hier).

Update vom 4.10.11: Titel geändert.

Stichwörter: A.W. Faber, Hardtmuth, LYRA, Museum, Presbitero

9 Kommentare zu „Sechs Dutzend”

  1. Sean

    Do you know the year on the Polygrades? Incredible photos! (as usual) :) As I’m not likely to have or see bundles like these in person, it’s great to have such stunning photos.

    „Die Lexikaliker Museum der Bleistift Geschichte”

  2. Lexikaliker

    Sean, thank you for your kind words regarding my photos! However, I am still not happy with the shadows – I wish I would know how to make their borders softer.

    Unfortunately I don’t know how old the Polygrades are, and the paper wrapping doesn’t give any clue.

    Regarding the museum: You won’t believe it but I am really thinking about getting a glass-fronted cabinet … Plans of a pencil nutso ;-)

  3. Sean

    When you are editing in Photoshop, do you use the selection tool (to select the background separately from the pencils) before you adjust the brightness and contrast? I’ve had some success adjusting the curves rather than using the brightness and contrast, so that I can adjust the most intense shadows from the bottom-up.

  4. Lexikaliker

    No, I don’t use the selection tool. In most cases I start with adjust the contrast automatically in FixFoto (a great piece of software, also sold under the name of PhotoPerfect). After that, I adjust the white balance in Photoshop, make some editing etc. – Your description sounds promising, and I will try to do that too.

  5. Lexikaliker

    I have made an experiment: I haven’t adjusted the contrast automatically but have only increased the brightness; after that, I have adjusted the white balance in Photoshop (this time in a more gentle way). Here is the result (left: old, right: new; click to enlarge):

    A.W. Faber Polygrade 1205

    To me, the newer version looks better, also because of the fact that the violet tone of the paper wrapping is now noticeable whereas it was lost in black before (but of course there is still room for improvement). – Thank you for motivating me to look and try again (albeit in a different way).

  6. Sean

    Looks great!

  7. Lexikaliker

    Thank you! – I couldn’t resist to update the photos.

  8. Matthias

    Even though the shadow looked more artificial in the old photo, it did have nice, warm colour tones overall (at least on the monitor I am using here) - but it is of course even better to experience the real colours and fine nuances, like the violet tones, through your new photo 8^)

  9. Lexikaliker

    You’re right – the old photos had their merit but were missing a lot of their intermediate shades because of the automatic contrast adjustment (which I won’t use again, at least not with its default settings).

    There are some more problems, and most of them can’t be fixed in Photoshop. I assume that it would have been much better with the light coming from the direction of the camera, resulting in shadows behind the objects (and not in front of them); maybe I should have lighten it up a little more with reflection foil. But there will be a lot of opportunities to improve it … ;-)


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