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Photographing a bore

Posted: Sat Dec 02, 2017 11:13 pm
by nrobertb
What is the best method for photographing a bore? I tried recently using a bore light and the light was washing out all of the detail. My eye could see it but the camera couldn't.

Re: Photographing a bore

Posted: Tue Feb 06, 2018 2:20 am
by Popeye
Shine the light against the bolt face.

Re: Photographing a bore

Posted: Tue Feb 06, 2018 6:33 am
by dmg4
What brand and model of camera are you using? There are probably some settings that would make success more likely. If you are shooting directly into the light, then it's a bit like pointing the camera into the sun and trying to capture an image. If it's a point-and-shoot, try setting it to "macro" ( the flower icon on some camera), and shooting slightly off center to the bore rather than directly down the center.

The best results would be obtained with a borescope. There are some very inexpensive USB cameras available now that couple to a smart phone or laptop.

Re: Photographing a bore

Posted: Tue Feb 06, 2018 9:57 am
by Rapidrob
Defuse the light with a piece of toilet paper on the lamp.

Re: Photographing a bore

Posted: Tue Feb 06, 2018 10:01 am
by 72 usmc
I use the tiny mag light flash light near the chamber sitting on the magazine follower so the maglight which has an adjustable beam like all mag lights is allowed to shine up the barrel. The mini mag light is about the size of a cartridge for a rifle. it can set on the mag follower and move up close or way back. In addition, you can set it wide or narrow beam and can also use a strong or weak battery to alter the light's power. For gun shows as a bore light, you always want a fresh battery. Then I use a small Cannon power shot camera on digital, macro set on spot or center weight setting. That will capture the bore 's first 3 inches so you can see the muzzle and some of the rifling or you can get chamber shots.
The flashlight is called the Maglite Solitaire LED 1-Cell AAA Flashlight Black

You can also use it at gun shows for a bore light due to its adjustable beam.
examples:
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Re: Photographing a bore

Posted: Tue Feb 06, 2018 10:08 am
by nrobertb
Thanks for the suggestions. I'll give them a try. I'm using a Sony camera.

Re: Photographing a bore

Posted: Tue Feb 06, 2018 10:31 am
by 72 usmc
one more example of a mauser bore The above are a poor bore sewer pipe and a new bore and chamber edge. Below is the mauser. Holding the camera close or at an angle or an inch or so will capture the inside more or the outside edge more. Also play with the evaluative sense setting point /spot, center, overall evaluative. Those small cameras have lots of settings for light type also. That can help some pics just get better if you switch from day light to cloudy or tungsten or florescent. have the flash off.
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my cheep old camera is a cannon digital power shot SD 1000 from a used camera store.
this one https://www.usa.canon.com/internet/port ... hot-sd1000 It works great with a 2003 Mac to load pics