Winner: Time Distortion
I thought this would be a great challenge the second I read it. I work in a jewelry store and have access to so many different watch movements and watches. I figured everyone sending an entry in would just take a plain photo of a clock or watch face or movement, so I decided to do a little editing to the photo I took. Watch movements aren't that colorful to begin with and I thought a little color would help the photo. I don't own a fancy DSLR, so I used my 6 year old Canon PowerShot SD1300 IS on Auto Mode because it gets better Macro shots this way. Original photo was taken in a photo box on plain white background. I then used an amateur editing program to adjust the brightness, shadows, highlights, and contrast to add a little color while still keeping the main components and writings visible. As you can see this is a lovely Wittnauer watch movement, 17 Jewels, Unadjusted, Model 5JM, Swiss Made.
When I read the contest topic and what you are looking for I decided to take a picture which i probable describing time in several way's
1.) the watch shows the time
2.) this particular watch combines two different periodes of watch making. The mechanical age and the digital age. The mechanical part does not wind up the mechanism but is moving a generator to load the "battery".
3.) it's 12 o'clock and therefore time for lunch :O) or the time where I change my status from working to reloading
I Don't Care For It
This is part of my clock collection. As you can probably guess, I really don't care for the time change.
I've been working for a Telecommunications company for a little over 1 year doing mostly help desk. The past few months I have been training in the TeleComm side and have been exposed to so much equipment and appreciation for the telephone service. But one of the most crucial pieces of equipment that I have had the pleasure of learning about is the BITS Clock or the Building Integrated Timing System. This clock is responsible for all of the timing for both internal timing and all of our customer facing services. It provides timing to the phone system, which is synchronized with AT&T, to ensure that all voice services are in sync. You know when you talk on a phone and the persons voice "lags"? That's all provided by the timing system.
There is no place on earth where time is taken more seriously than this location - The US Naval Observatory. This is the staircase to the US Naval Observatory's 26 inch "Great Equatorial" refractor telescope in the main USNO building (looking down, of course). The telescope is still used to perform geodesy, which is, of course, inextricably linked with USNO's time mission as well. It does little good to know what time it is if you don't know where in the universe your planet it. This staircase reminds me of the infinity and the precision of time - and its pretty cool that its part of the very fabric of the architecture of USNO. The setup was simplicity itself - i pointed my iPhone 6 down from the top of the observatory level down to the bottom of the stairs. Boom.
I collect watches and I have a passion for space exploration. When I saw this contest I knew I had just the subject for my "Time" submission…The Omega Moonwatch. I took this iconic watch and placed it on a breathtaking photo from the moon. Posing with the NATO strap and displaying the time better than any watch I own. I snapped this photo with a simple LED light illuminated the scene. With a little touch up from Lightroom, I have my masterpiece!
Time and Space
This photo I took with my LgG2 of the compass my wife bought me and my first true pocket watch (wind up). I call it time and space.
First time entry here - so I thought I'd give your Time contest a shot. I have a Kenneth Cole skeletonized watch that was given to me as a gift last Christmas, so my setup was pretty simple. I put the watch on top of a small LED flashlight so it would be backlit then shined another flashlight on it from the side to bring out some detail. ISO800, f/16, 1/160th on a Nikon D800e.
Not Time Yet
I'll hand down this watch to my son when he's old enough. He's two years old now, and the only times he cares about are play time, dinner time, bath time and bed time.
I'd accidentally left the light on all day where my watches sit. When I turned it off, the lume was glowing brightly on all the watches with glowing hour markers. The Milgauss Z instantly stood out; it's markers are blue, whereas all the rest are green, and on the vintage ones, quite dull. I moved it to an open spot on the table and shot this with only the light from the hallway filtering in from the side. Camera: Panasonic DMC-GH1, Voightländer Nokton 25mm F0.95 Exposure ½ sec, ISO-1600.
El Patio #2
This is a Photo of the clock in my favorite Mexican restaurant El Patio #2 in Anaheim, CA. I took it with my iPhone 6 Plus and converted it to black and white.
I always past this storage facility on my way to work. It has this big clock you see here facing the freeway. I'm not sure how time helps them market this building but it always let's me know when I'm late to work. Kinda did a play on the organized lines and the chaotic beauty of the mural underneath it. Shot this with my "EDC" Sony RX-100 m1. 1/250. F5.6. ISO 125. Edited on my iphone with the PS app.
This photo was taken with an iPhone 4S with a clip on macro lens. It is the inside of a mechanical skeleton watch movement. It is intriguing to watch the movement work with just a quick wind of the crown.
24-Hour Pocket Watch
So what do I have here... This is a G.C.T. (Greenwich Civil Time) 24-hour pocket watch. Brass with nickel plating. Size 16 Hamilton Railroad movement originally adjusted to 6-positions and temperature. These watches were common in the military in their day. The movement is originally a normal 12-hour variety, but additional gearing is apparently how they updated them to read in 24-hours. Mine is in good shape, but needs a cleaning. However, mine does have one special feature... when I purchased this in about 2002 I had the original back cut and a plastic crystal glued into place, so that the back/inside of the watch can be seen as well. It's too beautiful a movement to be hidden in my opinion, but exhibition backs were not common at that time. And weren't particularly useful for a watch that needed to be durable and rugged.
I do have a nice picture of the movement as well, but the rules indicate only one submission. I'm happy to provide it as well for your post of selected pics if you'd like to add it as just something to see. My original intent was to submit the movement picture, but after I finished creating the image of the watch face I found I liked it more. Such is the way things go in photography, right?
Regarding my set-up... I used a homemade light box to control and illuminate the watch. It's as DIY as I get in life. Camera particulars are a Canon 7D with EF100mm f/2.8 Macro USM lens (last generation) on a Manfrotto tripod. Settings were 1/60th at f/9.0 and ISO 250. Basic edit in Lightroom to increase exposure, correct white balance and tint. However, this particular photo required something different I thought. Instead of the narrow depth of field typical of the macro lens I thought it would be nice to try image stacking in Photoshop, which I had never done before.
I snapped 12 pictures total at various focus points, then used Photoshop to align and merge the images into one with greater depth of field. Mind you, both processes were completely automated, so there was no real 'work' necessary on my part. I confess it was, in part, your post about the challenge that got me to thinking about what I could do that would be different (at least to me) regarding the use of my macro lens. Image stacking seemed like the perfect choice and I'm completely pleased with the result.
Mark Alfson (a.k.a. forkboy)
People often use the word "juxtaposition" when describing art because they know "juxtapose" sort of means comparing things and the word sounds sophisticated. For example, "I love the juxtaposition of the old hands reaching down to the young hands." It's like never going out to eat and then sending a steak back to look like you're a real connoisseur. Sorry I'm a little cranky —- my wife yelled at me for making her sit on the floor and lift the baby for this shot. Grandmom did not like my choice of the word "symmetrically" when directing her hand placement. :P Nikon D800, Nikon 85mm f/1.4, big fluorescent ring light on a multiboom.
Just a simple shot of my grandfather clock. Window lighting. iPhone 6 camera.
I am a time traveler but I can only go to the future, 1 second at a time. (Oly E-M10 + 25mm/1.8, 15sec/5.0 ISO100)
Christopher Scott Pau
Shot with a Canon EOS 70D in natural light. I have a few older wind up clocks, which continue to function well and look beautiful to this day. I thought that it might be nice to juxtapose my Pebble Steel with one of them. After all, time is timeless no matter how it is presented.
I borrowed my roommate's pocket watch for this one, and was curious if it still works. The clock is ticking perfectly. Canon 70D, 40mm, f22, 4sec, ISO 100
My submission was taken the Sunday of Daylight Savings on an old wind-up steampunk watch that has it's movements exposed. It was shot on a Canon Rebel T1i with a 50 mm lens at f/8 and 1/400 s with an ISO of 400. It was taken on the my roof to take advantage of the perfectly blue sky - important to show off the mechanical movements of the watch and to signify the passage of time, not only as a break from the spell of dismal gray we've suffered through, but also a sign of the coming spring.
This photo was taken at the REI flagship store in Denver, CO. Each clock represents the time for mountain locations across the world. Shot on a Canon T3i with the kit lens. ISO 100, 36mm focal length, f/5, 1/1,000
The evolution of timekeeping devices throughout time: Sundial > Hourglass > Automatic Watch > Smart Watch
For this image I filtered two flashlights through water bottles to get the lighting, shot with a 5Dmkiii, EF 50mm f/1.2L, a tripod, and a remote trigger.
Life in Time's Shadow
This park is a regular stop on my bike rides through the city, amazing views, inlaid mosaics of the Rocky Mountains, and this beautiful sundial. It is a public park, not far from my home in Denver. After a major surgery in 2012, cycling became physical, and mental rehabilitation. Lunches, and rest breaks here are quite common. This city is my adulthood home, and this park is a large part of how I fell in love with it again. Between the mountain views, the view of Downtown Denver skyline, and just the fact it's all a short bike ride away can make me smile any day.
The sundial is of Chinese design, much like half of me. It always gets looks, is a child's jungle gym, or my bike stand. Originally installed in 1941, to only be blown up in 1965. The one photographed was installed in 1966 as a replacement. It, and the whole site has seen better days.
Knowing I wanted to shoot this, as it is a 'different' timekeeper, and that it has meaning to me I didn't know when I got there today how I'd want to frame it. By chance of where I chose to park (too cold, and too much equipment to bike) my car, as I walked up the steps, I saw the perspective you see here. The sundial towering over the Wells Fargo 'Cash Register" Building in Downtown Denver, and the thousands of feet high Rockies. This perspective, is what we all encounter with time, something that towers over us, we will always be in its shadow. The dimension we cannot control, much like the shadow telling time on the sundial will keep moving, it cannot stop, it just keeps going. A shadow telling time, on just the power of the sun. This all being in the relative sense, of course, for those who want dive into physics.
This grandfather clock belonged to my great-great grandfather. It was originally a wedding gift to my great-great grandparents, Henry and Teresa. It's been passed through the family since then until my mother received it as a present for her 40th birthday. I set the time on the clock to 1:16 for this photo, because, according to family records, Henry and Teresa were married March 9, 1899, which means this photo was taken on the 116th anniversary of their wedding.
I shot this using my iPhone 5. This is a hidden gem in Wellington, New Zealand - it is called the "Sun Dial of Human Involvement". In the middle of the sun dial, there is a plaque on the ground that lists all the months and some dates; my husband stood on today's date and stretched out his arms to tell the correct time. I then filtered the picture to black & white.
I wanted to show what a nice watch with a bright lume dial looks like. (BTW, this is an NFW "Shumate" watch). I also wanted to show that the image of a watch can reveal something about the photograph itself. In this case the photo shows the exposure time by way of the blurred area of the sweeping second hand. In this shot you can see that the blur covers 15 seconds (which is the time it took to expose the photo). Yes, this watch really does lume like this after it's been charged under a bright light. This is NOT lit by any other means. This photo has not been photoshopped. The only manipulation was to crop it down a bit. I used Canon T2i with the standard kit lens, I used a tripod and a remote shutter. Exposure was 15 seconds and my aperture was at F22, ISO was 1600.
We spent Sunday looking for a clock tower in one of the small towns surrounding ours. We knew one existed but couldn't find it. On our adventures, I found these and snapped a few pictures. When I got back to the car, it occurred to me that I had taken every single photo straight-on. I ran back to get one at an angle and ended up with this beauty. I love how the gold and red play together. Shot was taken with a Canon Rebel t5i.
Calumet Theater Clock Tower
The Calumet Theater opened in 1900, at a time when Calumet Michigan was a booming mining town with over 30,000 people living within walking distance. During the boom years it saw the likes of Madame Helena Modjeska, Lillian Russell, John Phillip Sousa, Sarah Bernhardt, Douglas Fairbanks, Sr., Lon Chaney, Sr., Jason Robards, Sr., James O'Neill, William S. Hart, Frank Morgan, Wallace and Noah Beery.
After the copper boom ended, the city and it's theater have become a faint shadow of their former selves.
The house my great grandfather lived in after immigrating from Finland in the 1880's is less than a half mile away. This building with it's clock tower, still glorious as time has changed so much around it, exemplifies the past and the present and the passage of time between.
As a new dad of twin girls, you can understand my new focus in photography is my kids. I know, i never wouldve thought I would become one of those people who constantly fills up their IG and FB accounts with photos of their kids, but sometimes I just cant help myself. Anyway, I wanted to try this shooting challenge because I love watches. But this shoot was IMPOSSIBLE. Its crazy how kids do NOT want to stand still. I will never become a child photographer. I couldnt get the right picture that I had in my head so finally I just grabbed the watches and watched as my girls tried to take them from me. I had a bunch to choose from but this one I thought was the best
Illinois Pocket Watch
This Illinois pocket watch was purchased by my great grandfather after returning home from WWI. He was the first generation in American after my family moved from Germany. The watch was made in 1917. The picture to the side is of him in his uniform standing with family and the watch anchor marked "Germany" was used for this watch. The papers under the watch are the letters from my grandmother to my father and my father to me. In a time crunch and used my iPhone. Standard settings f/2.2, 1/30 exp, ISO 250, 4mm focal length.
You own some remarkable watches, with some really great stories behind them! The rest of us are very jealous.
As always, the full-sized photos are over on flickr.