VC OS photos -- would love your views!

Greetings to all!  Amidst a very busy business schedule and a heavy load of family obligations (moving ailing parents to a retirement facility, selling their home, etc.) I did manage to grab an hour to take some new photos of my regular daily wearer -- the OS SS/Ti Chronograph, on the optional bracelet.

My photography teacher has been pushing me to experiment with light, and in particular with casting a bit of diffused light on the crystal to enhance the sense of depth.  I've been obsessed with eliminating reflected light for so long that this has been a learning process for me!  

So, for your viewing and (I hope) commentary, please see below two different versions of two different views of this great watch -- one set with as little reflection as I could do, and the other with some scattered light (thrown with a small hand-held flashlight/torch).  

Any preferences?

VC OS photos -- would love your views!

VC OS photos -- would love your views!

VC OS photos -- would love your views!

VC OS photos -- would love your views!

Best, as always,

GaryG
Hi Gary,
10/25/2013 - 22:15
Nice pics. I prefer the first two. The added side light gives it more depth. I have played with this technique myself. If you take the RAW file into PS6 you can play with the contrast and clarity and thus vary the amount of side brightness. BTW, I've sold my Nikon D800E and most of my lenses. I've gone over to the new Leica M240 and am now in the process of finding a macro lens for it. Keep up the great work! Best, Joseph
Gary, I can offer no intelligent advice
10/25/2013 - 22:21
I have no skill in photography, but I will say that I like the first two images the best, although all 4 capture that beautiful watch...well, beautifully.  In the first two, I think you achieved your goal of an enhanced sense of depth.  Keep the photos coming. I hope you and your parents are doing okay. Best, Robert
wooow Gary those
10/25/2013 - 23:03
are some amazing photos! Of the first view I prefer the first one and the last one for the second view
Herr Getz, what a set of beauties!
10/25/2013 - 23:49
I would say I like number two and number Four due to a number of factors, to be disclosed when next we meet. Best, Tim
First of all
10/26/2013 - 00:11
I'm very sorry to hear about your parents, hope all will be well. As for the photos both variations look stunning to me so no preference :-)
Hi Gary
10/26/2013 - 00:49
this may also double as a Rorschach test wink.  Without thinking too much about it, as I have no formal photographic training, I prefer the 3rd picture for best capturing that lovely satin dial and dark titanium finish.  It appears to have a slightly soft focus; was that intentional?
Thanks Gary.
10/26/2013 - 13:30
As always it's a pleasure to see you photos and to be able to follow you thoughts and ideas about taking photos.    Best wishes Kent 
Number 3 and 4 are wonderful
10/26/2013 - 14:30
Hi Gary I really like photo number 3, great colour and so many fine details of the watch come through. I love the way the light reflects off the dial around the 5th hour marker (and that its doesn't reflect off the crystal).  Photo number 1 is my least favourite as I don't think it is as "sharp" in the details as the others. I'm no photogrpaher though.  Great shots of my favourtie VC. Keep them coming! Cheers
Re: VC OS photos -- would love your views!
10/26/2013 - 19:55
Well, hard to choose a favourite. I think the first couple allow you to explore the depths of the dials and dial cut outs, and see some depth to the printing of the date as well which is a nice touch. The next 2 seem to give more focus to the bezel, also good as the shape of the bezel contracts well with the case in the background. I think the last image is the best giving the best blend of both of the former two approaches? Heck... I know nothing about photography! Good to hear from you Best G
Moving in the right direction...
10/26/2013 - 23:02
Gary, as you can see there are a number of varying opinions as to the quality or preference of your submissions. This, of course, is natural. There are, as you might well know, a number of Loungers that have trodden the boards to develop their skills like yourself. The most important engredient is patience, interest and practice. Keep up the good work, as the evidence suggests, and I feel sure we can look forward to some stunning shots in the fulness of time. In answer to your question, I like all four shots for quite different reasons. I wish you well and good fortune going forward. Best wishes Tony
love your photography Gary
10/27/2013 - 03:08
All of them are beautiful shots! If I have to pick one, I personally prefer the 2nd one as the dial comes out the nicest in that imho but frankly they are all very nice! Now I am still very bitten by the blue dial OS chrono and this post is not helping me :p Thanks for the beautiful photos Gary! Hope to see more photos from you soon! Cheers Robin
Love your photos and off course the watch itself. I think
10/27/2013 - 07:23
The third and fourth photos are perfect. Wish I could get a photography teacher and learn the same way you are learning.
Hi Gary, great watch!
10/29/2013 - 18:52
Not as fantastic as Patrimony CEP but still... My preference, since you're asking, is that the watch be fitted with a grey rubber strap. Most comfortable that way. Other than that, pictures are fine. Cheers buddy ;-)