Charles Ginsburgh  

Crystal II by Charles Ginsburgh

June 2020 - Crystal II

June 2020 - Charles Ginsburgh


About the Image(s)

Here is another staged macro image brought on by the “Shelter in Place” situation. I have taken images of crystals in the past, but found that this was quite difficult since it was hard to see and appreciate the different layers in the crystal sculpture and there was an immense number of colorful and bright facets and spectral highlights. Here I tried using a technique called “cross polarization” where the light source is covered by one polarization sheet while the lens has a polarization filter. When the polarization filter plane is adjusted to be 90 degrees from that imparted by the polarization sheet, a fair amount of the spectral highlights are reduced. The rest are dealt with in Photoshop editing. In this case I shot the crystal stack (15 images with my Canon 7d mark II with a 100 mm f/2.8L macro lens at f/8, 1/4 sec, ISO 200) on a black sheet of glass (to get a good reflection), and edited the background and reflection separately from the main crystal image. Once these edits were complete, I then added a texture and a dim but perceivable horizon line to the image to round-out the presentation. You can see the results of my Photoshop administrations as I have also supplied the stacked but unedited images here as well.
Let me know what you all think

This round’s discussion is now closed!
4 comments posted

Peter Newman   Peter Newman
Splendid. I looks as if you have put a lot of thought and work into your image. I think it was worth every second. Unless you created the crystal itself, you have presented us with a perfect example of creating your own image, based on something that was not originally created by you.

I like that your image is centered. While it's color busy, the multiple colors and shapes work well to create a very interesting image.

To my eye I would have warmed and brightened the image, but the tonal range and brightness in your image is purely artist's choice. And judging from what you wanted your image to say, I would not change your image to give it a different look.

Well done!!
  Posted: 06/07/2020 17:34:44

Vinod Kulkarni
Beautiful image Charles, thanks for sharing this. No doubt that the different colours are dominating in the image and is attracting viewers attention. The texture is quite different and it has made me go back and check the image multiple times. I do however like the reflections which are smooth, though I like this texture here as it's quite different.   Posted: 06/16/2020 09:36:52

Angela Chan   Angela Chan
Wow !!!
Thank you very much for opening up another area for me to experiment in.
Found some polarization sheets on Amazon and they are not expensive.
This look like a lot of work but the result is well worth it.   Posted: 06/23/2020 09:57:39

Lynne Hollingsworth   Lynne Hollingsworth
This is a lovely image. The editing you've done is really nicely done. I've tried to take crystals before, but it didn't end well. Too many specular highlights, reflection was flat, etc. Thinking of those failed attempts makes this only more impressive. Like Angela, I'll try the polarization sheets and the "cross polarization" method. Hopefully the result will be better - if it is, you'll see it here..   Posted: 06/27/2020 13:33:22