It's Monday everyone and as per the fact that it is Monday, I am.... groggy! Yay! I've got several things to share with you today, obviously nail polish and then as you know, I am always pushing to improve Claw of Cthulhu and I am contemplating changing the way I do the photos but I need your feedback! Read below and let me know your thoughts; I would love to hear them!
Today I am sharing my first A England! Woooo! My nail polish BFF Caitlin always, always gushes about A England the same way I gush over Rainbow Honey so I decided to take a dive into some A Englands the last time I placed an order with Nail Polish Canada. Here A England Tess d'Urbervilles, which I believe is named after one of Thomas Hardy's novels entitled "Tess of the d'Urbervilles: A Pure Woman Faithfully Presented". I am not going to pretend that I actually know this novel thoroughly so instead I am going to link you to the Wikipedia page, hehe. A England Tess d'Urbervilles is a vampy seductive deep forest green with hints of radiant green shimmer, peeking out from the dark abyss.
Formula-wise, it applied evenly in two coats. I found that it dried with a very dull finish so I topped it off with some Seche Vite and the glossy touch was needed to bring Tess d'Urbervilles in all her glory. I really, really love the A England bottles and am starting to fall in love myself so I hope I don't feel any weird urge to collect them all just as I do with Rainbow Honey, haha!
OK now for some real talk. About photos.
Typically I've photographed my swatches to showcase the polish. Colour-wise, I don't shoot to flatter, I don't correct the saturation or hue, or change the colour. My goal is to make the polish as colour accurate as possible. On the flip side of things, my skin tone is not colour accurate. I always thought to showcase the polish, but would you find it useful to see how the polish compares against my weird Asian skin tone? Does it matter?
Technically speaking, I shoot my photos with a compact camera - a Panasonic Lumix GF-1 with a 20mm f/1.7 - into a DIY lightbox made with a transparent Rubbermaid storage container, with black posterboard lined on the bottom and back, lit with 4 desktop lamps with white compact fluorescents. (Wow, I totally felt naked for a moment there, haha.) I usually leave my camera set to AWB (automatic white balance), which is fine - but I find the GF-1 to naturally shoot a bit "colder" on the automatic white balance setting. I experimented by "calibrating" my white balance to base itself on a white piece of paper and then well... Here are the results:
And just to compare to some white business cards:
I would ABSOLUTELY LOVE it if you could give me any feedback whatsoever on how you feel about my photos here on the blog. I do have quite a bit of backlog photographed the way I usually have been - but would you rather see how my Asian skin tone stacks up against the polish shade? Also - do you have any A Englands? Are they a "Pokemon" polish company where you gotta catch em all?