Day 283—Measuring Up

Stuck inside because of the downpour this morning, I looked around the house for something to photograph. I ran across an old carpenter’s rule that I found at a garage sale years ago and bought for a quarter. It’s seen better days but it seemed like an interesting subject; it is a 36 inch folding Stanley Carpenter’s Rule, No. 66, made of boxwood, information that can be seen in the photograph. I positioned it on a piece of old growth redwood salvaged from the “Old Silk Mill” in Petaluma, the former Sunset Line and Twine Company (my family’s business for many years); the redwood shelving was put in more than a hundred years ago when the building was owned by Belding Corticelli and they manufactured silk thread there; when the Sunset building was sold, some of the pieces were saved. I thought the old rule and the old hunk of wood made a nice pairing.

I used my OTT lights for the primary lighting and positioned the camera directly over the subject, using the tripod for stability.

Focal Length 35mm
ISO 100

One thought on “Day 283—Measuring Up

  1. Great subject for a photo! I love the story behind it- love that old building. Nice composition, focus, lighting- well done!

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