Macro photos of the inside of musical instruments


17 Responses to “Macro photos of the inside of musical instruments”

  1. Hakuin says:

    why are f holes f’s?

    • EchoCharlie says:

      they’re centered around the bridge, which in a stringed instrument like a violin is a floating one. in a violin, they’re not meant to work the same way the holes in a guitar work. violins are fairly rigid on the top bit, so the f-holes create a bit of springiness around the bridge, allowing the vibrations to transmit through the body of the instrument. as far as I know the shape is mostly traditional, but it seems to me the shape of the classic f makes for the most springiness with the least reduction of stability / change of tone.

      also, boo. ;)

  2. benenglish says:

    I’m being pedantic.  Stop reading now if that bothers you (it bothers me, too) but I was a photographer for too many years to let this one go by.

    I went to the links.  I saw some lovely, fairly close-up photography.  I saw no macrophotography.  “Macro” has a specific meaning and I don’t care if the Wikipedia article is waffling about it and indicating that the terms is being used more broadly.  If it ain’t 1:1 reproduction or higher, it ain’t macro.

    This is almost as irritating as people referring to EVF (electronic viewfinder) cameras as SLRs.  Any camera type with “reflex” in the name has a mirror in it.  I’ve actually seen manufacturer advertising that gets this wrong and it drives me nuts.

    OK, two pet peeves aired.  Everyone feel free to jeer away.

    • dmatos says:

       I marvel at the depth of field they’ve managed to get with this photography.  I have to assume either very long exposure times, or magic.

      As a(n ex)photographer, would you care to comment on that?

      • benenglish says:

        I have no good explanations.  Some of the shots (e.g., the pipe organ shots) could have simply been good light and a small aperture.

        The shots inside the stringed instruments are more problematic.  I can think of a dozen possibilities and it may be some combination of them all and not all of them involve the way the photos are shot.

        Notice the first picture at this link:

        Look at the finish of the wood edges of the f-hole on the right.  It’s quite clear and it looks like it was hacked out with a penknife wielded by a spastic hand.  Then look at the f-hole on the left.  It’s fuzzy.  Both are approximately the same distance from the apparent camera position.  Both should be just as in focus.  They aren’t. 

        I won’t hazard a guess but something funny is definitely going on.  “Funny”, in this context, isn’t by any means the same as “bad” but this pretty clearly isn’t “straight” photography.

        • penguinchris says:

          Maybe they used some sort of tilt-shift setup, and combined multiple images at different focus distances in photoshop.

  3. Crashproof says:

    How are they getting cameras *in* there?

  4. Lobster says:

    Reminds me of the cargo hold of a ship.  A very fancy ship.

  5. Art says:

    Damn!  It’s downright architectural. Great concept and masterfully done.

  6. Rick Turner says:

    Where’s the soundpost?  Where is a label?  This looks bogus…though it is a pretty picture.

  7. IndexMe says:

    I recently found the otherwise junky lens on my android (HTC Evo 4G) phone took some really nice pictures of the interior landscape of a kind of open lid pot by just looking over the brim. I wonder if there are endoscopy like extensions one could connect to a camera phone so as to allow photos of tight places.

  8. This makes me want to build a room that looks like the inside of a giant violin…

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