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The Dark Crystal | by Kate Tettmar
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The Dark Crystal

Macro Mondays - "Black"


This week's theme of black was much harder than I anticipated. I had plenty of ideas but the execution of them was really hard. This is probably technically the hardest Macro Monday I've done. I ended up having to use a tripod with a long exposure and very, very careful use of lighting. Technical details are below for anyone interested!


This picture is of a black Swarovski crystal viewed from above, directly over the centre of the crystal. Although black is a non-colour and doesn't either reflect or emit light the cut of this crystal results in light being reflected from it's surfaces giving the appearance of many shades and colours.


There's another picture in comments to give some context.



Digital picture - using Nikon D50

Aperture f/16

Shutter speed 6 seconds

ISO 200

Focal length 60mm

Subject distance 250mm

Underexposed by 1.3 stops

Tungsten lighting from directly above and slightly behind, also from in front to the left and slightly below.

Cropped in Lightroom, dust removed using the clone stamp in Photoshop Elements


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Taken on November 13, 2011