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Joe,

The white balance and exposure look off in that last set of photos... unless everything is really very dark reddish, including the cloth.

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Maybe work on the lighting?  That makes a huge difference in what the wood/varnish looks like.  Since that's your business, you might want to try for the best photos.  Frankly, that last set doesn't really look very good, and I doubt it's the fault of the violin and varnish.  The previous photo was perfect... dark room, bright directional light.

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Thanks Don.

I think my phone works better than my camera.

Joe

 

The iPhone camera does work better than most point-and-shoot cameras.

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I posted this before in some other thread (I forget where), which shows how drastically different a violin can look in different lighting conditions.  Left is directional (inside, one floodlight), right is diffuse (outdoor, not in sun).

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Any camera should be OK, as long as you can get the photo in focus.  There are plenty of photo processing programs for fixing the exposure and white balance afterwards. (I didn't do any processing of the above photo, by the way).

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I posted this before in some other thread (I forget where), which shows how drastically different a violin can look in different lighting conditions.  Left is directional (inside, one floodlight), right is diffuse (outdoor, not in sun).

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Any camera should be OK, as long as you can get the photo in focus.  There are plenty of photo processing programs for fixing the exposure and white balance afterwards. (I didn't do any processing of the above photo, by the way).

I think this haze is showing the effect of Stokes fluorescence from the sky UV. The glowing resin in the varnish washes out the underlying flames.

 

BTW, I am very impressed with the camera in iPhones. 

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I think this haze is showing the effect of Stokes fluorescence from the sky UV. The glowing resin in the varnish washes out the underlying flames.

 

BTW, I am very impressed with the camera in iPhones. 

 

I have no idea how apple did/does it but iPhone cameras seem to capture color about as close to reality when regarding violins as anything I've ever used...

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I like the dark color.  Can you show a closeup?  Does it sink into the pores or do you use a pore filler? 

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I like the dark color.  Can you show a closeup?  Does it sink into the pores or do you use a pore filler? 

The pore are open...no filler.

Color is just varnish...no pigments added.

 

 

Do you use a brush for the final coats? 

Brush and fingers.

 

 

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So very nice Joe. I find keeping the texture on very tight grained spruce a problem if I go over 4 coats of varnish. And that is, not touching it between coats. If I even so much as breathe on it, I lose the texture. Well, you know what I mean.

How do you handle that kind of spruce compared to medium grained spruce?

How many coats on this fiddle?

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So very nice Joe. I find keeping the texture on very tight grained spruce a problem if I go over 4 coats of varnish. Ancatsd that is, not touching it between coats. If I even so much as breathe on it, I lose the texture. Well, you know what I mean.

How do you handle that kind of spruce compared to medium grained spruce?

How many coats on this fiddle?

Ernie,

The spruce ...I think it has a lot to do with the ground keeping the texture...then thin coats of a non-selfleveling varnish.

Coats..hard to tell as my application process does not do a full "coat" until the end.  I guess 5 on the maple and 4 on the spruce would be equivalent.

on we go,

Joe

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