The other day while drinking coffee with the watchmaker at his shop, his watch strap supplier showed up to take orders. His sample straps are placed in large strap holders that look like photo albums. While looking through the samples, I saw these rugged strap with big stitches. So, I asked the watchmaker to order some and I got a brown one for my Alpinist which is the first watch in my collection to come to my mind when I saw the straps.
The strap compliments the Alpinist very well and I decided to create a picture of it.
If you watch my blog, you will notice that I don’t emphasize the watch band in my watch pictures. Most of my pictures are taken with the watch placed on the watch stand and I crop them to show mainly the watch head. There are only a few shot that I tried to emphasize the strap and they are taken with the watch resting horizontally.
Here is one from an October 2007 post in which I introduced the Seiko bund strap. I didn’t do very well in this shot because I didn’t really capture the strap. The textured dial of the Samurai is so nice that I placed too much focus on it rather than the strap.
This one below was taken in April 2009. It shows a Seiko 5 Military on a olive Nato strap. This watch is very easy to photograph because it has a matt finished case and does not have much problem with reflections. I think I did okay here except it looks like a 2D picture.
Now, here’s my Alpinist shot. Compared to the two watches above, the Alpinist is much harder to photograph because of its polished bezel. Here are some points that I paid attention to when I took this shot:
- adopt a camera angle that allows the picture to show the back of the strap as well. Compare it to the two shots above.
- ensure the strap receives sufficient light in order to capture its texture and the weaving of the stitches.
- put less focus on the dial but ensure that the gold markers and hands appear darker in contrast with the beige dial. I did this by placing a piece of brown paper in front of the watch.
- No unwanted reflection on the bezel. I did this by placing a piece of translucent paper over the watch. I don’t use photo tent it makes the watch looks like it had matt finishing.
Please click here to see a larger picture of the Alpinist shot.