Surreal Guitar

I have been play the acoustic guitar for over forty years, and have been taking pictures of the five guitars I own in various guises for about five years on and off. There is at least one picture of this Takamine 12 String as a former post on the blog.

The inspiration for this picture came from a book called “The World of Lith Printing” by Dr. Tim Rudman, see which contains a picture of a guitar by Wolfgang Moersch.  See

The key to this shot is the lighting. The winter sun comes through my Kitchen door in to the living room at around 12.20 – 12.40pm. With the guitar lit from behind and using an aperture of f2.8 on a 150 macro lens I was able to get a single fret of the guitar sharp and leave a suggestion for the rest of the instrument. Because of the backlighting the guitar would appear to have infinite depth which it does of course. For me it was important to leave the shape of the body in at the top right side, without it the picture would be a much harder puzzle of the viewer to recognise.

I was thinking may be of a set of 12 small guitar prints in an A2 mount as an exhibit amongst others in the Bristol Festival of Photography in May. See

And finally a big hello and welcome to all the new followers of my little Blog.

(c) Andy Beel FRPS

10 responses to Surreal Guitar

    • andybeel says:

      Hi Dave its funny how we each see things differently, to me this picture is quite intense with it’s pin point of focus. Thanks for commenting. Andy


    • andybeel says:

      Hi Aaron I learnt a slightly different way of toning from the Lightroom presets. Sometimes they use two similar colours in combinations to make a third colour. That’s what I did here but I did it with H&S adjustment layers in Photoshop as they are much more controllable than split toning in Lightroom. Thanks for the comment. Andy


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