Sapphire & Diamond Ring – FujiFilm X30 (+ Topaz Labs Creative Detail I)

DIAMOND & SAPPHIRE RING - FUJIFILM X30 + B&W POLARISER

OK, in these two shots I’ve experimented some more with the ring. I really liked the last shot (post below) but the stones were rendered (too) dull by a tad much light diffusion and some post processing effect. The result was pleasing if you wanted a fairly dour finish to the image. This time I’m trying to bring out the true reflections of the stones and make them pop a bit more. The first one was done with straight Photoshop CS4 processing. I have to say, I admire jewellery photographers because these shots are not easy to get right in the first place and the post processing is a nightmare x 2. Note that the 10x Diopter Filter was not used in either of these shots but a B&W Polariser was. This is the exact same image with Topaz Labs Creative Detail I filter added as the last part of the processing.

DIAMOND & SAPPHIRE RING - FUJIFILM X30 + TOPAZ LABS CREATIVE DETAIL I

The difference is subtle but it’s there and the ring just pops a tad more with the introduction of the Topaz filter. The grey parallel lines in the background are the clamp which held the ring where I wanted it in relation to the light. I quite liked the effect so I left it in the image but used PS “Lens Blur” to create the kind of DOF I was looking for. ISO 100, Shutter Speed 1/15, f/9, Focal Length = 7.1mm.