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Photo Info

Dimensions2000 x 1333
Original file size805 KB
Image typeJPEG
Color spacesRGB
Date taken6-Dec-09 18:33
Date modified20-Mar-12 15:21
Shooting Conditions

Camera makeCanon
Camera modelCanon EOS 5D Mark II
Focal length35 mm
Max lens aperturef/2.8
Exposure1/30 at f/2.8
FlashNot fired, compulsory mode
Exposure bias-2/3 EV
Exposure modeAuto
Exposure prog.Aperture priority
ISO speedISO 800
Metering modePattern
Acme Head Smasher

Acme Head Smasher

Tack heads needed to be smashed to achieve the desired head diameter since head diameter determines brightness. There is also a wide variation in tack head sizes, especially with the aluminum tacks, so sorting and selecting was required. I didn't figure all of this out ahead of time, so I had to go back and redo many copper and aluminum tacks. Turns out I did too much head smashing in certain areas, so I had to redo my redo. To keep the copper tacks from being too dark, I had to switch most of them to a larger size. I almost gave up on the entire project several times during this period of repeated challenges. I managed to only smash my fingers once.