"One moment the world is as it is.
The next, it is something entirely different.
Something it has never been before."
~ Anne Rice
Sometimes I feel like my photography becomes stagnant. I ask myself why I need one more picture of mushrooms or trees or flowers. When I feel this way I look for a new technique or photo activity. Recently, I have been seeing photos using a crystal ball. This fascinated me. I knew I wanted one to see my world in a different way.
I purchased my crystal ball from Amazon. They are not very expensive and such fun to play with. It has not been quite as easy I thought it would be. I find myself struggling to get the ball in focus and the background like I want, but I'm learning. I'm using different lens, aperture settings, and changing the distance between the ball and the object being photographed.
Here's a few tips I've gathered.
1. There are several ways to steady the ball. Mine came with a small crystal stand, but I have also hand-held it or placed it on a post or on the ground. I also have a candle holder that's about 8" tall that it rests securely on.
2. Focus on the ball, but be aware of the background. If you want a blurry background or bokeh shoot wide open (lowest aperture) and have the background far away. If you want more of the background in focus, use a higher aperture and get closer to the object.
3. Move the ball or yourself around until you find the picture you want. Carefully check the reflection in the ball. If you don't, you may get some unwanted clutter since it captures a wide view.
4. Your big camera and macro lens will work well, but they're not absolutely necessary to get a good photo.. So far the photo above is my favorite and it was taken with my small point and shoot camera using the macro mode.
6. Lastly, don't hold the ball in direct sun. If you look at the photo above, you can see a bright spot on my hand. If the sun had been shining directly on the ball it would have burned my fingers almost immediately. Beware, like any magnifying glass it can start a fire if left in the sun even for a few moments.
Seeing the world through a crystal ball is one way I've found to see things differently and spice up my photography. I'm always looking for something new to try, so if your have any ideas for capturing a different view, share them with us.