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  1. #1
    se
    Sep 2006
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    Photographing minerals

    Thought I'd give you some hints of how to make ID easier..
    Best is to get one shot with a bigger view. And a few close ups.

    Taking a good picture of a mineral specimen is a quite tricky business.

    Firstly a neutral back ground can be desired.. I.e. black or white is often good.

    Now the camera should be set to 'macro' mode, close up shots.
    This is often marked by a flower on the camera.
    Its often good to use natural day light, hence some lamps might fool you about the colour especially when a camera is with in the picture.
    But a slightly more yellow colour flash light might work should all else fail.

    Often you get 'blurry' pics, not quite sharp detail.
    The most common causes are: to close, shaking hands and bad light.
    Either is pretty easy to fix...

    The shaking hands are easy to just use something to rest the hands on so they can't shake to much.

    The light can be solved by using a flash light or a normal lamp. (what ever works!)
    Just make sure to check it looks like on the pics.

    If your to close, get some distance

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    Geologists are gneiss, tuff, and a little wacke.

  2. #2
    se
    Sep 2006
    Sweden
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    Re: Photographing minerals

    Normal "rocks" are easy to catch in sun light, which is plentiful often.
    However I personally think a "white LED" light is a no no, it seems to show wrong colour for me.
    The old style "yellowish" light bulbs do wonders!

    The hardest I've ever tried to catch on a pic was rough Larvikite (Norweigan version of Labradorite).
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    Opal is also hard to get a nice pic of, especially if your getting a close up of it...
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    Geologists are gneiss, tuff, and a little wacke.

  3. #3
    se
    Sep 2006
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    Re: Photographing minerals

    Ok, forgot to resize.
    Fixed that now.
    Geologists are gneiss, tuff, and a little wacke.

  4. #4
    se
    Sep 2006
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    Re: Photographing minerals

    Using Sun light..
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    Geologists are gneiss, tuff, and a little wacke.

  5. #5
    ca
    Aug 2009
    Kingston, Ontario
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    Re: Photographing minerals

    Those are beautiful pictures you guys are putting up.....

    This is a great threat keep it up I'm learning a lot here...........

  6. #6
    Cappy Z.

    Re: Photographing minerals


    EU Cit,

    Sometimes taking an different view awakens the mind.

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  7. #7
    se
    Sep 2006
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    Re: Photographing minerals

    Merlyn, thanks. BTW any guesses on what the mineral in the pics is?
    I know what it is... Just curious as to see if you do.

    Cappy,
    I think those pics just are psychedelic, the rock is more art then we ever could do!


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    Maybe we should do a "Mineral galleries" kinda post??!
    Including pics and name of a mineral.
    Geologists are gneiss, tuff, and a little wacke.

  8. #8
    ca
    Aug 2009
    Kingston, Ontario
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    Re: Photographing minerals

    Eu I really would be just guessing my knowledge of minerals is very limited.

    The color is a beautiful shade of orange and I want to say Imperial Topaz but some how the crystals look to be the wrong shape they appear more square or rectangular than most I have seen.

    Now don't hold back tell me what they are LOL

    I think your idea of a mineral gallery would be really good for some us poor uneducated souls.

  9. #9
    Cappy Z.

    Re: Photographing minerals

    a rock of a different color....
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  10. #10
    ca
    Aug 2009
    Kingston, Ontario
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    Re: Photographing minerals

    Cappy what are you smoking and where can I get some LOL

  11. #11
    se
    Sep 2006
    Sweden
    White's V3, Minelab Explorer II & XP Deus.
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    Re: Photographing minerals

    Merlyn, Correct.. Topaz is in the orthorombic crystal system, so that's not it.

    WizardOfTheStone,
    Good guess. But its wrong to.


    These crystals have a hardness of 4-5 Moh's.
    Vitreous lustre, just as Flourite.

    Ok you guys those orange crystals are Chabazite.
    Geologists are gneiss, tuff, and a little wacke.

 

 

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