Dueling Pistols

150106_Dueling Pistols by . Fuji X-T1, XF18-135mm @ 59mm, f/7.1, 1/7 sec, ISO 3200

Colonial Williamsburg’s Dewitt Museum has a fantastic collection of Revolutionary era hand guns and muskets.  These two small hand pistols caught my eye.  They look almost too nice to shoot.  Composition and managing the light were the challenges for this image.  The guns were all mounted behind glass with various lights shining from above and in front of the pieces.  I first had to pick guns where details were not obscured by direct and reflected light.  I then had to further select subjects that were somewhat isolated to minimize clutter from elements.  I was hand-holding my camera, so I used the protective glass as a brace.  I felt that this image was not too bad for hand held.

For processing, I used NIK Color Efex Pro Tonal Contrast and Detail Enhancement to pull out the details in the handles.  I then added an antique preset in NIK Silver Efex Pro to get the antique tone.

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