Photo Friday: High School Rings Have Two Sides

Yesterday, I shared the importance of photographing all sides of a treasure, especially a ring rich in history and symbolism. Today, these photos are a follow-up to that reasoning.

Columbus South High School 1996 Senior Ring
Columbus South High School 1996 Senior Ring

Unlike my Aggie ring, I do not know the significance of the symbols for my mother’s high school ring. I do know the “S” on the shield represents South High School from Columbus, Ohio. I know there is a 66 for the year that my mother graduated. The remaining symbols have no meaning for me.

However, the ring is a treasure for both my my mother and me. My mother gave me her Senior Ring when I was old enough to wear it with it not falling off. I wore this ring throughout high school and would eventually design my high school ring to resemble hers. The ring connects me to my mother and I to her.

Columbus South High School 1996 Senior Ring
Columbus South High School 1996 Senior Ring

To photograph this ring, I place it in a light box. I have purchased a Table Top Studio (not an affiliate link, I just like the product. I enjoy being able to collapse the studio and put it away, rather than store a cardboard box and attempt to be delicate with tissue paper. Many people would say, just make one every time, it’s cheaper. Maybe in terms of dollars, but for me, I don’t want to spend my time (which has a cost) making a light box every time.

The Table Top Studio comes with two lights and I’m aware they become very hot, very quickly. I will turn them on and off frequently to prevent a possible fire from overheating.

I used the Aperture Priority (AV) setting on my camera and focused on making adjustments to produce a nice white background and a focused image. The settings were: f / 7.1, ISO 100, Exp Bias +1.7 with Pattern Metering and no flash. Perhaps I can fine tune the settings on the camera to make a jewelry magazine quality image, but I like what I have. The focus is on the ring and the ring brings back memories.

What I also noticed was there is a chip of some kind on one side of my mother’s ring. Unfortunately, she’s not here for me to talk about what happened to damage the ring. However, I love that the chip is there. It means the ring was worn. It was worn by mom and it was worn by me.

Had I not photographed both sides of the ring, I might not have noticed the chip.

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