Back in November, I was in really good photo-taking mood. This means part of one table was cleared off, my photo lights were up, and I was in a calm and patient state of mind. Photographing chrome tools is a real pain in the butt, and so I have to be in a good mood to do it.
I photographed a bunch of tools that were planned for a “Mechanics Tools” week-long theme. If you hadn’t seen those reviews yet, look through the list and see if something interests you:
Bit Holders vs. Bit Sockets
Facom Angled Socket Wrench Review
SK Bit Sockets Review
Wera Zyklop T-Handle Review
Proto Locking Extension Review
SK Thumbwheel Ratchet Review
SK Socket Set Review
Gearwrench Ratcheting Wrench Socket Adapters Review
Not that my photos are spectacular, but even photos that might look somewhat bland and mediocre take time, and that is even more true for chromed and reflective tools. I’d like to explore more creative options with my tool photos, but most of the time it’s more important for photos to show something clearly.
Today’s review of PB Swiss Tools stubby hex drivers is one of a couple of other tools I photographed back in November but hadn’t written up yet. There’s one more I wanted to finish up for today, but that’s not happening.
Shown here is one of my Facom “Fast Action” combination wrenches. I have two of these in metric sizes, and they’re… different. I don’t love ’em, and I don’t hate ’em. I won’t buy more (mainly because I don’t use metric wrenches as much as inch sizes), and I won’t give mine up.
Anyway, I was working on the review and realized that I really like one of my photos.
Part of why I really like this photo is because it was really difficult to take. All my metric fasteners are in storage, since I rarely need to pull metric hardware for impromptu projects, but I had everything setup for photos. So I put together a quick demo using a hex wrench.
Yes, that’s a PB Swiss Tools stubby hex driver.
This was a bugger of a photo to take, as one hand had to hold two tools in this exact position, and my other hand held a camera that’s way too heavy.
I could, and should, have planned out a better way to take the photo, but it was late at night and as mentioned I have to be in a good mood to photograph chromed tools. If I waited until I could dig out a suitable vise and grab some metric hardware just for photo staging purposes, then the review would have been pushed back even further.
I’ve been meaning to review these wrenches for a couple of years now. Years. That’s true for a lot of my personal and regularly used tools, but on the bright side it means I have no shortage of tools to review and talk about.
So yea, I hope you enjoy the photo! I like how the satin finish makes the wrench look sparkly.
Sparkly? Sorry, I couldn’t think of a manlier word. At least I didn’t say “shimmery.”
And yes, this post ended up being a lot longer than I anticipated. In the time it took to write this post out I might have been able to finish up the Facom wrench review.
But you know what? It’s after 6pm on Friday, my son is teething and cranky, I’m exhausted, my hands are dry, cracked, and bleeding, my workspace is a complete mess since I decided to start cleaning up and rearranging everything last night. It’ll take me at least through the weekend for my workspace to reach an equilibrium.
There’s nothing more I want to do right now than just share this photo and some random chat with you guys.
I started off just wanting to share the sparkly wrench photo (sorry for using that word again), but it’s nice to just write freely.
One of the reasons I started cleaning and rearranging again is because I want to do more videos, this time with me in front of the camera. I really suck at videos, but practice is the only way to get better, and there are certain discussions that are just easier to initiate with a video rather than a bunch of words. Take this post, for example. It would have been a lot easier to do with a video. Not right now, though, as I still write a lot better than I talk in front of a camera.
Even if you didn’t enjoy the photo, I hope you enjoy your weekend, especially if you made it this far!