Today’s subject is macro views of a Haida copper bracelet carved by Tom Greene Jr. of Skidegate (see this link for his website). Tommy, Laura and some of her family came by to visit yesterday, bringing this bracelet. We had ordered it when we dropped by to see them on our summer trip to Haida Gwaii (formerly Queen Charlotte Islands). It is so nice to have one of his works of art – I have known Tommy for decades and seen his mastery grow during that time. Buying one of his pieces was long overdue.
This bracelet features two ravens facing each other beak tip to beak tip, with tails nearly touching where the bracelets meets on the back of the wrist. Tommy says it can also be viewed as a single raven, seen from both sides.
Tom Greene’s work is of sufficiently high quality that it can withstand this kind of magnification without embarrassment to him (I hope he agrees). His line-work is wonderfully regular and precise especially considering copper is a more difficult metal to carve than silver, his usual medium. I find it fascinating to see these tiny ovoids and u-forms all completely within Haida artistic traditions and not substantially different from the same forms present on very large subjects, like house front paintings and poles.
My photographs are of various details, ranging in magnification depending on bellows extension and the use of an extension tube with the bellows.
These photographs are taken with the old Canon FL Bellows that I recently bought in a junk store and with the Canon FD 50mm f3.5 lens and most pictures also using a “life-size adapter” extension tube. For those that have been following along, yes, I did get the adapter to fit my 5Dii on the back of the bellows, it arrived on Christmas Eve. I have not yet bothered to calculate the magnification I am working at, but think it is maxing out around 4x with this combination, and might be up to 5x or 6x if I were to reverse the lens. Some of the photos are taken at different bellows extensions in the above combination, and some without the life-size adapter and the bellows at their shortest extension, to get more of the bracelet in view for context shots. This is in part an exercise in learning how to use the bellows unit, and partly a means to show off Tommy’s work hence the slightly eccentric mix of parts of the bracelet, and magnifications. Lighting is from a single 500 watt photoflood;I would have used two, but all the others are burned out, and it was hot work with just the one.
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Canon 5Dii, Canon FD 50mm f3.5 Macro Lens, Canon FL Bellows, Canon Life Size Adapter, ISO100, ranged from 1/30th to 15 seconds, f8 and f11 on lens readout but really much greater than that with extension. Light metered through the lens in AV mode, focused and shot in live view (mirror up), 2 second delay on shutter release, tripod.