Orb

Frozen World

When you know your camera’s disadvantages, you can use them to your advantage. I’ve found mine has trouble focusing on small bright shiny objects for macros. Too close and it wants me to turn on the flash. Turn on the flash and it won’t focus on the object, or it’ll wash it out.

For this photo I managed to balance all the exceptions to get a spacey science fictiony new agey album/book cover of an orb, slightly out of focus. With the albedo, it looks like it could be a moon of a gas giant.

I used a frosted glass marble on white paper in low lighting with the flash off. No editing was done except for the signature.

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Happy Hour

Woodford Reserve bourbon in a Spacetrawler glass. I was pretty happy that hour.

Spacetrawler is a funny science fiction web comic by Christopher Baldwin.

’51 Studebaker Avon Spicy Aftershave bottle

Vintage dark blue glass cologne bottle.  I’m not sure how old it is, but it’s old.

I thought this was going to be the worst of the photos I took of it, with the flash being so close, but it turns out to be the best.  The depth of field was enhanced so that the background looks like it’s radiating from a distant point.  The lighting added “clouds” to the fuzzy backdrop, and made it look like grass in the foreground.

This 1,600-Year-Old Goblet Shows that the Romans Were Nanotechnology Pioneers | History & Archaeology | Smithsonian Magazine

This 1,600-Year-Old Goblet Shows that the Romans Were Nanotechnology Pioneers | History & Archaeology | Smithsonian Magazine.

The ancient Romans ground silver and gold so fine that when impregnated in the glass, the nanoparticles’ vibrations would change the cup’s color depending on what it contained, with greater sensitivity than modern chemical sensors.  It seems to me that it could have been used to detect poison.