Bling Bird ! by billyboy

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Small 8.0" x 9.0"
Medium 12.0" x 13.5"
Large 16.0" x 18.0"
X large 20.0" x 22.5"


  • Each print is individually stretched and constructed for your order
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1990 views, 46 faves, 9 features – September 2014

18 Carat white gold, 30 grams
Mirror polish
Green Tsavorite eyes (of garnet family)
Engraving inside band: “Leap of Faith”
Price: sell the Merc :-)

But this isn’t even the expensive one…
The owner of the studio where I work has an amazing daughter, Pam, who designs, markets and sells high end jewelry.
She walks in one day with a MASSIVE bird ring on her finger… same size as this one above, but with the addition of a couple hundred tiny diamonds and sapphires. Absolutely stunning.
So I asks her what’s her friendly price (like Valentine’s day’s comin’ up soon…) and she says “Twenty” and I’m feeling great cause I happened to have a 20 Euro note on me which I whipped out and slapped on the table…
OK, the look she gave me said “ummm, it’s the twenty with the big K after it… duh-uh !”

Meanwhile, an artist at the studio doing her first big album fell in love with the ring and also made the mistake of asking how much…
But there was a solution. Make a duplicate ring, but without the stones.
Which came to pass and the finished ring was presented today, in the bar of Studio C, with pink Champagne and there were smiles all around and everyone lived happily eva afta :-))

But before handing it over, there needed to be pictures. I set up my studio flash and stuff and reeled off 20-some macro shots, one or two of which did it justice (I hope)… and another 10 or so with the ring on the creator’s finger.

But that’s NOT what this picture is.
It’s this shot…

combined with an old picture I found of daughter Melanie in her teens (shot on Fuji Reala print film !!)…

Just thought it looked kinda classy :-)

And btw… the inscription “Leap of Faith” was all about the recording artist, the amazing Rana… the Song Bird. Pouring her heart and soul into this album with such commitment, conviction and passion is indeed a leap of faith.
I thought that was a cool touch.

And I didn’t charge for the manicure.

Thanx for lookin’ !


OK, for anyone interested…
Or anyone who just wants to get blown a-farken-WAY…
Here’s the amazing original version in all its glory, top and underside.
7 carats sapphire, 2 carats diamond. Whew!!

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  • Stuart Chapman
    Stuart Chapmanabout 2 years ago

    What an amazing depth of field BB, this is focusing at its absolute finest. The detail is criminally good, I mean just look at the sheen and shiny reflectiveness of those nails, just amazing. Some fine bit of bling there too

  • Thanks Stuart, I took some closer shots of the ring alone and had to go to f32 to make sure everything was sharp… the hand shots weren’t as close but there was more depth to deal with so left it on the same aperture. Old Canon EF100mm macro still rocks with full frame !
    And believe me, that truly IS some fine bit of bling :-)

    – billyboy

  • Mel
    Mel Brackstone...about 2 years ago

    How awesome is this result, Bill! I love what you’ve done to combine the two! Fabulous ring, wonderful manicure, and perfect PS work to add Mel in the background! She’s just perfect, as is her expression! Inspired work buddy!

  • I had the vague idea and thought I’d just have a look through my old scans and fell on that shot of Mel… you’re right, I knew right away the pose and especially the attitude would work !
    Thanks so much for the appreciation !!

    – billyboy

  • Dianne  Ilka
    Dianne Ilkaabout 2 years ago

    Very cool! I noticed what a great job you did on the manicure :)

  • Don’t know if she’ll appreciate me mentioning the nails.
    But then I thought, what the heck, she’s rich now… who cares !?
    Cheers for stopping by Dianne :-)

    – billyboy

  • evon ski
    evon skiabout 2 years ago

    you are AMAZING!!! such a great story . . my brother did the same thing at a store at Christmas. Looking for an extra something around 6 or 7. After it was modeled (complete with placement over big bountiful breast, my brother was floored first by the fabulous gift wrapping and aghast to find it 7 K. ha haa. Love your story after the story and this shot of your daughter is brill!! Has she viewed it?? so now you need to make that dream come true. Also love the contrast in focus and the placement near that sassy expression. You rock PappaBear!!!!

  • I sent her a link… but somehow I KNOW she’s gonna rag on me for showing her as a sultry teen :-/
    BUT… as there is poetic license for writers, there is also PappaBear immunity for stuff like this so the wrath is gonna run right off my back like duck water.
    As for yer bro’, at least he got a good bountiful gander out of the deal :-)
    Big hugz for the compliments… and the fave !!

    – billyboy

  • terezadelpilar~ art & architecture
    terezadelpilar...about 2 years ago

    perfection achieved!! wow!

  • Cheers for that Tereza !
    If only you could see the perfection of that ring for real… and the diamond/sapphire version is to absolutely die for. In fact I plan to buy it in my next life.
    Unless I come back as a mosquito or somethin’…

    – billyboy

  • terezadelpilar~ art & architecture
    terezadelpilar...about 2 years ago

    even as a mosquito it is nice to have you around:)))

  • Be careful what you wish for…
    bzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz….pik….slurp slurp slurp…..(burp!)

    – billyboy

  • terezadelpilar~ art & architecture
    terezadelpilar...about 2 years ago


  • carol brandt
    carol brandtabout 2 years ago

    Perfect! from the point of view to the focus, the black nail polish, the bling buster, and the expression on the lovely model .. awesome photography billy!!!!

  • carol brandt
    carol brandtabout 2 years ago

    just saw the description – wot a bummer it’s no longer on the same flippin page! – great story and the job you did on this manip bloody brilliant, with just the right amount of blur in the background … by golly ya had me fooled … excellent work and a great story from the billy

  • I`m thinking more and more that really IS a bummer they`re no longer on the same page… why did they DO that ?? You could have easily missed the whole point without even knowing !!
    But you looked deeper… as you do… cause you`re you.
    Which is why you rock.
    Thanks SO much for making my page smell so good :-)

    – billyboy

  • evon ski
    evon skiabout 2 years ago

    ha haa. yes my brother said he was floored by the attention this saleswoman showed him and when she took her fancy sweater off to model the necklace in her sleeveless DD shell, Mike said" I almost squealed like a delighted school girl". He couldn’t believe the floor show . . until the real price tag was revealed. and he knows how to tell a story, we were roaring. yes he got a gander.
    and Papabear immunity shakes out to cover . . . alot. oh we girls love our Dear Dads! It is a really very cool and flattering photo of high quality and admirable technical proficiency!! She looks as good or better than the jewels Your very own jewel of a daughter. x:))

  • She looks as good or better than the jewels?
    My very own JEWEL OF A DAUGHTER ??
    Think you just got an apple on yer desk :-)

    – billyboy

  • BTW Yvonca…
    thought you might wanna see the sapphire diamond version…
    Click on the pick for a big look !!

    – billyboy

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