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Jeffrey Hunt: Romancing the Stone

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  1. Barrett
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    by Barrett » Feb 19, 2012
    For years now I have looked at countless pictures online of numerous gemstones. Almost too many to count. Just about everyone here at Pricescope can relate and agree. Picture after picture, stone after stone. You start to notice who stands out from the pack. Gemstone photographers like Uli Zeisberg, Gary Braun, and a few others always seem to showcase and present their stones in photographs that make everyone else’s seem subpar. It takes the proper equipment, the right lighting, lots of practice, and patience to take even decent gem photographs. Something sets good gem photographs apart from great gem photographs. Is it an artistic twist? Is it a natural affinity for the medium?
    In my opinion, I find Jeffrey Hunt's photographs to be about as good as it gets. I find it hard to see how it can get any better. I would like to think I have seen enough gems and photographs to have a good opinion on the matter.

    With a background in theatre scenery and lighting design he uses those qualifications to his advantage when shooting gemstones as a medium. He once told me….
    "I feel my stronger photos stand out because I approach the total composition, eye movement and the consideration of the elements and principles of design. I draw on my extensive design experience and my design style sometimes shows in the photos. It's what gives some of them that extra "something." I'm less of a technician and can't compete with those other photographers there - but I do feel that some of my work does a better job of portraying the romance!"

    Portraying the romance is something we see lacking in this day and age when it comes to gemstones and displaying them, especially on the World Wide Web.

    I want to show some of the pictures that I find unique and that stand out to me, that Jeffrey has done.

    [please note: I have been admiring Jeffrey Hunt’s photos for a long time now and the other day I decided to do a thread here at Pricescope on them. I asked Jeffrey if it was okay for me to post his pictures and a little info about him and he graciously accepted. As I have only ever spoken with him a few times, this post is something I wanted to do myself to show his wonderful work in gemstone photography and the artistic nature of his photos. I was happy that he allowed me the permission to post them here for everyone to enjoy.]
    [also note: The pictures cannot be truly appreciated in the 500 x 500 format I used. I believe they are viewed best in full file size which is not possible on Pricescope]

    6.35ct Citrine
    Darian Snyder Ribbon Design
    Faceted by Jim Rentfrow


    6.20ct Tanzanian Chrome Tourmaline
    Jeff Graham Design
    Faceted by David Dawson


    54.45ct Oregon Sunstone with Schiller

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  2. Barrett
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    by Barrett » Feb 19, 2012
    6.0ct Welo Opal Heart
    Mike Miller


    8.5ct Tanzanaia Zircon
    Design Jeffrey Hunt
    Faceted by Jean-Noel Soni


    6.0cts Madagascar Rhodolite Garnets
    Design by Jeffrey Hunt
    Faceted by Jean-Noel Soni

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  3. Barrett
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    by Barrett » Feb 19, 2012
    5ct. Madagascar Garnet
    Design John Bailey
    Faceted by Elaine Songer


    13.40ct Tanzania Scapolite
    Design by Jeff Graham
    Faceted by Matt Dunkle


    Sri Lanka Zircon
    "Halloween Theme"

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  4. Barrett
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    by Barrett » Feb 19, 2012
    34.50ct Pink Petrified Wood
    Elaine Songer


    5.45ct Tanzania Namanga Garnet
    Steve Wallner of Westview Gems


    2.62ct Shewa Ethiopia Opal
    Design by Fred Van Sant
    Faceted by Michiko Huynh

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    tanzania namanga garnet 5.45ct Steve Wallner of Westview Gems.jpg

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  5. Barrett
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    by Barrett » Feb 19, 2012
    8.0ct Electric Blue Topaz
    Design by Jeff Graham
    Faceted by Jean-Noel Soni


    Elaine Songer stone for Robyn Hawk
    "Opal Moon"


    9.15ct Nigerian Amethyst
    Design by Jeff Graham
    Faceted by Jan Barglowski
    "Optimus Prime"

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  6. Barrett
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    by Barrett » Feb 19, 2012
    4.35ct Kenya Rhodolite Garnet
    Design by John Bailey
    Faceted by Steve Wallner


    Sri Lanka Zircon


    Sri Lanka Zircon
    Liddicoat design by Jeffrey Hunt
    Faceted by Jeffrey Hunt

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  7. Barrett
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    by Barrett » Feb 19, 2012
    Free form Opal
    Mike Miller


    5.25ct Sri Lanka Zircon
    Design by Jeffrey Hunt
    Faceted by Jeffrey Hunt
    "King Stag"


    Amethyst and Ametrine

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  8. Barrett
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    9.50ct Madagascar Garnet
    Design by Jeff Graham
    Faceted by Jean-Noel Soni

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  9. minousbijoux
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    by minousbijoux » Feb 19, 2012
    Jason: I shouldn't interrupt but I can't hold back. His photos are truly amazing. I especially love the opal moon. They all conjure this moody other world...
     
  10. Barrett
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    by Barrett » Feb 19, 2012
    They truly are amazing! I like how he adds finesse and style to many of them. Very artistic!
    I will add more when I get a chance! There are some others which I like very much that I will want to add.
     
    


    


  11. JewelFreak
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    by JewelFreak » Feb 19, 2012
    They are wonderful -- make the stones jump right off the page. Cut is emphasized beautifully, and "mood" is exactly the right word.
     
  12. Pandora II
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    by Pandora II » Feb 19, 2012
    Superb!

    Does he have any examples of photographing gems that aren't precision cut? I know from photographing my own stones that the precision cuts are easier to make look great than your average native cut... would like to see a master's results!
     
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    by T L » Feb 19, 2012
    I had no idea there was pink petrified wood!! I guess you learn something new all the time, even if you've been collecting for eons.

    Nice pictures, thanks for sharing!
     
  14. colorluvr
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    by colorluvr » Feb 19, 2012
    Incredible, thanks for sharing.
     
  15. kt
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    by kt » Feb 19, 2012
    Wow, just gorgeous...thank you for sharing!
     
    


    


  16. Barrett
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    by Barrett » Feb 20, 2012
    I just found this recent posting. I just love the use of light in the background(no photoshopping was used whatsoever except for dust spots)
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  17. canuk-gal
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    by canuk-gal » Feb 20, 2012
    HI:

    Very entertaining! Seriously! :appl: :love:

    I think the Oregon Sunstone is my fav.....

    cheers--Sharon
     
  18. lelser
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    by lelser » Feb 20, 2012
    I think Jeffrey takes a gorgeous photo, but would not use them to represent my work for sale. I do have some shots he's done that are great for magazine work and PR, but to me they don't look like the gem in hand so I use other photos for the catalogue. As art work, though, they are wonderful.

    Cheers,

    Lisa
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    by Arkteia » Feb 21, 2012
    Jeff is a great Artist, and the photos are wonderful.
     
  20. bobsiv
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    by bobsiv » Feb 21, 2012
    Lisa brings up a good point. I was a professional photographer before I became a lapidary and I worry that sometimes my pictures (humble as they are compared to what Jeffrey can do) are getting too good; that the stone in real life doesn't look as striking as the picture. After the stone sells the pictures are all I have so I want them to be nice, but I don't like having to say something like 'the stone is a little darker in hand than the pictures show'. I think a lot of online sellers feel the same and don't use their best pictures in the listings. I think Lisa called them 'Glamour Shots' once and I have a folder full of them on my computer that never get posted online. Of course on the other end you have some online sellers who photoshop their stones beyond all recognition to get a sale...
     
  21. chrono
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    by chrono » Feb 22, 2012
    Gorgeous glamour shots; I'm sure these are really meant more to showcase the photographer's artistic talents in using the material (in this case, gemstones) at hand.
     
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    by gsellis » Feb 22, 2012
    Jeff's are glamour shots. I so want to send him a couple stones to sexy up.

    Don't use glamour shots to sell stones or with your resume (unless you are a model or realtor*)

    * - Why do realtors post full page ads that half the ad is their headshot? Make me think they really aren't selling real estate :roll: :bigsmile:
     
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    by Jeffrey Hunt » Feb 22, 2012
    Hi Everyone!

    I'm quite amused and flattered by this entire thread. Thank you all for the wonderful comments! :)

    Kindest Regards

    Jeffrey Hunt
     
  24. Barrett
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    by Barrett » Feb 22, 2012
    What you also must understand is many of the photos I chose also have normal shots accompying them. I picked these due to the artistic, unique, and beautiful nature of them. Many of these have your typical gem shots in the portfolio. I just picked the ones I find killer!
     

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