What my morning really looks like when I take the first dial shot

It's still pitch black when I wake up in the mornings and the sun is just starting to rise by the time I have the coffee ready. But, this is the best time of the day for me because It's quiet and I have some time to spend reading and getting my brain back into gears.

However, the light isn't doing me any favor when I want to take a photo of the watch I'll wear today. The back lighted screen of the e-reader is confusing the camera sensor, making everything blend together in the background of the teak table.


Placing the cream dial Yema Wristmaster on the e-reader is making it look as if the dial is whiter than it really is but I wanted to see if I could capture the text from the reader reflecting on the case. Whoohoo, success! I even got to show how the edges of the tall boxed acrylic crystal are distorting the indices. It's the same distortion that made me believe when I first saw a straight down photo of the watch that something was wrong with the bezel (there is no bezel).


The same distortion is even more apparent on the photo above, now that the sun rose a bit more and I get the first rays striking the dial. That's also one of the reasons why I like acrylic crystals because this is a shot that would have been impossible to take if the Wristmaster had a sapphire crystal. Sapphire is simply too reflective and glittery and there is only so much that an AR coating can do.


I'm not a photographer and I'm not really interested in becoming one, however I do have to admit that taking close up pictures of dials under less than optimal light conditions can be fun.


Showing the text reflected in the side of the case is a great idea, haven't thought of that yet.

I feel like bright light is good to show the overall impression of a watch, sparse light is a good way if you want to show just one specific feature or design element like the line of the lugs or how the crystal is sitting in the case. I'm drawn to the watch-shape-in-the-dark photos.