The current downside is that our lighting isn't working very well. The above technique gives amazing crispness, but with our current lights even mirror-finished silver looks matte, and the faceted stones are very dull-looking. Honestly, for both we need a bit of glare, I think! although not as much as what we had before... It's such a balancing act!
And my work is about the worst possible to photograph: small, shiny, colored, sparkly. I fail to see how I could make it harder to get good pics!
But, still, the new lens is very promising indeed.
Yesterday I mostly filled in background for my plique smiley. I think I'm about 2/3 through now, and am hoping to get it done and soldered by the end of the weekend. I also spent the time while me teeth were being cleaned thinking about how to hand and embellish the piece. I have a couple of ideas that seem pretty straightforward, will add some interest to the perimeter, and still not be horribly demanding to fabricate. I want to leave "horribly demanding" to the cloisonne piece!
I also need to fill in the paperwork so I can be IN the silly show! The deadline is Aug. 25.