To rule them all and in the darkness bind them...
Just enjoying my two new Raynox macro lenses - DCR-150 and DCR-250. These images below are taken with the DCR-150 mounted on my 55-200mm VR lens. The rings are presented on a piece of driftwood from the beach. It's barely visible here. The sun and water almost bleached out the color of this wood and it looks - this close and with the LEDs - like rock.
(ISO400, F25, 1/4sec, 110mm)
With this shot, I used two LED work lights one close and above left, another at half-strength some distance away above left. At the far left, a tungsten spot offers the orange catch-lights. The LEDs gives a slightly bluish color-cast, which I tried to counter by post-processing it with a magenta filter. I was trying to make the silver rings look like they were made of steel and give the image a look akin to the soldiers of Gondor.
(ISO400, F11, 1/10sec, 145mm)
With this shot two LED work lights at full power, above and to either side of the rings, but pushed a little further beyond the rings to keep the front-detail. The F11 gives a more shallow DOF and the 145mm brings me a little closer. I was aiming for an "Old World Silver" look. In post-processing I softened the blacks a little and added a hint of dark blue tinting to the shadows to avoid a B&W look.
(ISO400, F11, 1/5sec, 145mm)
With this shot, I used two tungstens - one the right and above and another from the far left and lower, which gives these orange cast to the light. Setting the white balance with the LED I used in the fron of the left ring, gave me the this color-blend of the light - but alas also an unrecoverable blown out highlight on the cross. My ambition was to create a "Dragons Lair Treasure" look to the rings. Silver rings in a room full of gold, so to speak..lol.
What better way to spend an evening indoors than living in your own fantasy world while photographing, eh? Now on to Mordor