Crystal Ball Photography

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  1. Derrel

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    I prefer these crystal ball shots to be shown as-shot, with the landscape upside down.


     
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  2. tirediron

    tirediron Watch the Birdy! Staff Member Supporting Member

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    It is... drag your butt down to this end of the Island and we can go shoot some balls! ;)

    Agree. I actually tried a version where I rotated the ball 180 so that the refracted image was correctly oriented; it looked silly!
     
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    Destin Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Ugh. Now I need to get one of these. They look like a lot of fun.
     
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    NnNEEeed ttoo not post sssssomething ttoo get me bbbbbanned! :1398:
     
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    zombiesniper The camera takes the Pic. I just point the way. Supporting Member

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    The only way I could see this working is with a circular crop.
     
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    Ysarex Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Love it!

    Joe
     
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  7. tirediron

    tirediron Watch the Birdy! Staff Member Supporting Member

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    They are, and fortunately they're cheap; the 3" like I'm using can be had for $20 or less.

    Don't worry.... I'm happy to ban you regardless of what you don't post! :p

    Hadn't tried that...
    Thanks Joe! :)
     
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    I really like the image as is! I had one thought, though. I've seen images using the glass or crystal ball that seem to be shot with a wider focal length, thereby incorporating more BG. I personally like those compositions because it almost seems to create two images in one. I think it's neat to be able to see some of the elements in the BG that are sharp in the ball. Just a thought but I look forward to seeing what else you come up with!
     
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  9. petrochemist

    petrochemist No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Have to agree about leaving this one as it is.
    I've played with a few acrylic balls. The first ones I got where only 1" and so really needed a macro lens to shoot them. I since got a 4" version which is much better, but too heavy to carry around on the off chance of a good setting.

    With the mini version I've taken a few with the ball in my hand that worked OK inverted, but where the foreground is part of the scene I don't see inversion looking right.

    Sometime I'll have to try making a chain with them & shooting one ball through another. There's no denying they give a bit of fun to photography! :encouragement:
     
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  10. tirediron

    tirediron Watch the Birdy! Staff Member Supporting Member

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    These were done with my 105 micro. There's actually quite a bit more background in the original image; I deliberately cropped it that way to emphasize the ball image while [hopefully] leaving a suggestion of the background. I will be trying some with a shorter FL to see what that looks like as well.

    I've also got a 1" one and I was trying to come up with a way to "stack" them... haven't had a lot of luck yet. Good fun though.
     
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    Another vote for "as is" here! Minor tweaks to the colors wouldn't be bad, but the upside down thing is kind of the point, and it's fun. Nice one!
     
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  12. tirediron

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    Thanks Terri - this was pretty much an alpha test. I didn't bring anything with me to flag the hot spots. Stay tuned for further developments!
     
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