Scavenger Hunt #33 – Collection

Close-up of a colorful collection of RPG dice.

While I used the previous Hunt to experiment with composites and story-telling, I wanted to go “back to basics” for this Hunt, and try to get maybe closer from my comfort zone, but also closer to pictures that feel like “me”. But, for the personal challenge, I shot everything with my 100mm macro lens!

It took me a little while to decide what I wanted to shoot for “Collection”. My first idea was to get a picture of my collection of piping bag tips, but it felt a bit too close from another picture for this Hunt. I also have some collections of stationery and writing implements, but I felt like I had done a lot of these already, so this was not very motivating. I even considered the collection of chocolate bars on the shelf… before I remembered I had a fairly decent collection of dice, which was also at a scale that would work well with the 100mm!

As often in these cases, it starts with “urgh I’m going to try the lazy way and not add lights or anything”, it continues with “okay, I’m getting one light, but I’m holding it on my own”, and it finishes with “FINE, I have two LED panels (and their cables because I forgot to charge their batteries AGAIN) and if it’s not enough to get a sharp shot I’ll get the tripod”. After a significant amount of shots and dice reorganizing, I finally got a shot I could crop and light up (because even with the lights, I wanted some depth of field AND I still got too lazy to get the tripod, so hand held it was, so short exposure it was):

Underexposed box of dice.
CameraPentax K-1 II
Lenssmc PENTAX-D FA MACRO 100mm F2.8 WR
Focal length100 mm
F-NumberF/11
Exposure time1/160 s
ISO1000

And that’s basically what I did for the processing – nothing too fancy there. The only thing is that I played a bit with the various sliders of color saturations to get nice colors without having the reds bleeding everywhere.

The complete Scavenger album is available here: the Collection album.

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