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I think most people who are likely to read this know by now that my schedule is all crazy - staying up all night, sleeping during the day - but I took it to a new level thisyesterday morning by going to the car dealer and getting my oil changed and the tires rotated before I went to bed. It seemed like the best time to get it over with, but I don't think I'm going to be doing that much. It didn't bother me much at the time, but I've felt wonky all night. And I haven't gotten much studying done tonight. I couldn't get my brain to settle down and concentrate on the reading (I'm on Fetal Development at the moment) so I went and took pictures of jewelry instead. It's something I've been meaning to do so I figured if I couldn't read it was at least sort of productive.

People who sell jewelry - they're the ones who become jewelry-photography experts - always say to photograph your jewelry in daylight, but that's sort of hard to do when you're sleeping all day. I'm awake for some hours of daylight, of course, especially this time of year, but still, I never remember. So the other day when I saw somebody talking about photographing jewelry under an Ott-light, I paid attention. I have a couple of Ott-lights (which is a brand of daylight-spectrum lamps & bulbs) left over from quilting, so that seemed like something doable.

So here's one of the things I photographed:

[Dreamwidth didn't copy this over - but see below in comments]

I think the picture came out very well, actually. The bracelet is not really something I made, per se; it's a fake-Pandora bracelet or what is apparently also known as a "European-style charm bracelet." In concept, it's sort of similar to the old add-a-bead bracelets and necklaces that were popular years ago - that is, they're made so that you can put the beads on yourself without tools. The real Pandora bracelets are real silver (and/or gold) and quite pricey, and are very popular in the jewelry stores around here. (There's another brand that is similar although not, I gather, interchangeable - it's called Trollbeads and is a bit funkier. Both brands have websites should you care to go look but I'm not going to bother to check and make sure I have the right URLs for them right now.) Anyway, mine came from here and is obviously not the real thing, nor is it real silver, although it still wasn't terribly cheap by the time I bought all the pieces. I had a coupon for that website and I got sucked in, but I really like the bracelet, in any case.

There will probably be some more jewelry posts later, so I can show you what else I've been up to. But right now I'm going to read a bit more and then go to bed.

Date: 2009-07-16 01:07 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] nonelvis
Very pretty! I love the blue stripey beads.

Date: 2009-07-17 12:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] anjea.livejournal.com
That did turn out well! I like the piece.

I goofed around with your pic in Picasa - the lighting looks brighter, I think:
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Date: 2009-07-17 04:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mellificent.livejournal.com
I have Photoshop Elements and I never have installed it on this computer - if I'm really interested in working on my jewelry photography I really should do that, shouldn't I?

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