Many of the photos I've seen of the Lum so far just don't do it justice. The CF pattern in the photos appears 2-dimensional.... almost a painted on "diamond-plate" look.
The real thing is very 3-dimensional. The surface is very smooth as if the CF is encased in clear acrylic.
So, I got my macro photo set-up out at the office and played with the lighting balance to see if I could bring out the real beauty in pictures. Here we go:
This photo has a flash flare reflecting back, but it demonstrates the very smooth glass-like surface.
I just realized my settings on this photo were wrong, so it's a bit fuzzy... lost depth of field:
OK... super close-up... If you use flat, balanced lighting, it flattens the appearance of the CF in photos and really belies the beauty of this material:
So, let's play with the balance of my ring flash and bias it to one side and see what happens. Now we can see some of the texture and depth:
Here's another angle from a bit further back:
Now we're talkin'!
Hope you all enjoyed! I'm tellin' ya... the Lum with the Nishijin Carbon Fiber is a work of art... a jewel. Hands-down the prettiest Spydie out there (IMHO).