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Greg Saer
Mar-20-2004, 8:07pm

I thought I'd share a picture I took of Greg's mandolin.


Mar-20-2004, 8:09pm
a big OUCH!

Bob DeVellis
Mar-20-2004, 9:31pm
Great picture!

Greg Saer
Mar-20-2004, 9:37pm
Thanks, Bob! Here's a black and white version http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif

Mar-20-2004, 11:28pm
Doesn't get much better than that....

Dennis Benjamin
Pavel Sucek Mandolins

Mar-20-2004, 11:54pm
I want a Hilburn!

Mar-21-2004, 12:06am
I realize that "serious" photographs are "supposed" to be B&W, but when I saw you first image, I thought: "what a good looking mandolin and what a GREAT photograph!"

I still like the color version better - the warmth of the brown tones as contrasted by the complete dark background.

Suitable for framing!

Billy Mack
Mar-21-2004, 5:53am
That is a beautiful photo. Any tips on getting that good of image? (assuming there is good subject matter)

Bob DeVellis
Mar-21-2004, 9:33am
Did you light it with a soft box? The light is nice and even with highlights in the re-curve that model the shape but not a lot of nasty unwanted reflections. That effect is hard to get on a shiny, curved-surface instrument. Very, very nice. The black background works beautifully, especially in the color image.

Greg Saer
Mar-21-2004, 12:41pm
Thank you for the kind words.

This was taken with a Nikon D100 using natural light from window left. I set the camera against a black couch. Just gave it a very slight levels adjustment in PS7 to warm up the tones a notch. One tip would be try filling up the frame with your subject, and you don't have to get the whole piece in the picture. Just try to nail a good composition in camera. Hope this helps.:;):

Greg Saer
Mar-21-2004, 12:42pm
Bob, I don't have a softbox yet... maybe Greg will get me one heee heeee.


John Ely
Mar-22-2004, 9:39am
That is a wonderful picture. I was thinking of using it as wallpaper for my computer, but the picture size limits here don't allow a big enough file to make good full screen wallpaper out of it. Is there any chance you might have a better version of that file you'd be willing to e-mail me? Thanks so much.

Mar-22-2004, 10:39am
I also would love a bigger copy if you have one. I had already set this as my background even though some quality was lost when I blew it up. This is a FANTASTIC picture! And a fantastic mandolin I'm sure! thanks!

Bob DeVellis
Mar-22-2004, 4:02pm
At one time, I think there was a wallpaper collection somewhere in the cafe archives. If it's not there anymore, it might be a worthwhile thing to re-establish. I have a buch of shots and a wallpaper changer so that every 15 minutes or so, a new image pops up as my desktop background. I bet others have great images, too. Maybe a collection could be compiled and sold for a modest price on CD-ROM as a way of raising money for mandolin-related worthy causes like the symposium scholarship. The wallpaper changer, as I recall, is freeware and the owner allows distribution with no restrictions as long as the program isn't altered and he's credited. I'd be happy to contribute some images if anybody's game.

Mar-22-2004, 10:19pm
Holy moly. What a mandolin. Sometimes I see a mando on here, and I gasp. A few of Hilburn's latest did it for me. So does this one. I love this style of mando. Is this a new one? A Gilchrist? What kind of dough and how many years do I have to save up for one of these?


PS Yes, a nice picture as well.