The Jewelry Workshop

Had a chance to shoot around a jewelers workbench. It was refreshing on two levels - first, because this style of photography is so different from my usual style, and second, because I'm always interested in any artist's process.

  These are stacks of ring molds. The jeweler uses these to form the wax ring you'll see in the rest of the photos.

These are stacks of ring molds. The jeweler uses these to form the wax ring you'll see in the rest of the photos.

  From there, he refines the wax ring. I suppose it's not actually wax, but some sort of plastic.

From there, he refines the wax ring. I suppose it's not actually wax, but some sort of plastic.

  I love the mix of tools - files, torches, wood blocks, a crock pot.

I love the mix of tools - files, torches, wood blocks, a crock pot.

  Everything to hand, everything well-worn and in regular use.

Everything to hand, everything well-worn and in regular use.

I don't usually roam around with a camera handheld, shoot in low light, use available light, or do more than one composition per set of photos. Sometimes the grass of the lifestyle shooter or documentarian looks so green...