Agate Slab

March 11, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

As promised I have added a photo of the agate slab that I bought at the Athens Gem and Mineral Show last weekend to my home page slide show. I call it Agate Landscape. I chose this slab because of the sense of depth it offers as well as the colors. It may seem easy to photograph a flat surface but it isn't as easy as it seems. I had to make sure that the slab was perpendicular, without falling over, and parallel to the camera's sensor so that the slab will be in focus from one end to the other. I also had to construct a way of holding the slab in this position. After about an hour of shooting I finally hit on a system which inspires me to retake some earlier shots. In order to bring out that sense of depth the slab is lit from behind. In order to bring out the colors I made five shots at different exposures and combined them. I also made another change to my macro studio which should help me make more macro photos. I raised the height of my light tent table so that I can now stand at full height while working at it. No more back aches! I love this stuff. I'm so boring.


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