Sunday, September 9, 2012

Butterflies and Flowers

I thought I would share with you that follow this blog, some photographs of our beautiful Butterflies that visit us here in Summer and Early Fall.
These photographs were taken with my IPhone and not my good Nikon SLR camera...surprising how great they can come out with an IPhone.
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Butterfly on a Butterfly Bush Bloom
Butterfly on a House Leek Bloom
Same Butterfly on a House Leek Bloom

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Challenge- Photographing Peitersite Gemstones

A self photograph some Peitersite Gemstones that I recently cut and polished.

We went to the Local Gem show here on Friday and again on Monday....on Friday I purchased 3 nice pieces of Rough Peitersite...brought them home and cut them on Sunday and Monday.

Now the photograph them so the wonderful colors and choyancy would show( IE the Schiller effect of the Blue and Gold colors ).

This Peitersite has within it much the same type of Gold colors as does Tiger Eye, except instead of ordered bands of color..the bands are bent and twisted into swirls or colors and it also has the very desirable Blue ( hard to find ) along with Black,Reds.

I set the camera up on my tripod and started photographing them on a black background, and following are the results.....However...I didn't quite get the effect that I wanted, so I will try again tomorrow...using a different approach....and will post the results.

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A 68.5 Ct. Finished Piece
Another view..hand held
Another view turned the other way-hand held
Now turned upside down view.
A 58 Ct. Piece
Same stone..turned..hand held
Same stone slightly turned..hand held
A 27.5 Ct. Piece
Same stone Slightly turned..hand held
Now you see the challenge of photographing shiney Gemstones...have to have the light source filtered so it does not make a flash arcoss the working on it..and will get it figured out.
Try again tomorrow...and then post the results....wish me