Most modern camera's have a macro setting, any that have been made in the last 5-6 years anyway. The option will usually look like a Tulip if not specifically stated. Heck, I have a cheap digital (Something like $50.00), I bought 10 years ago that has a Macro setting.
If your camera autofocus can't hit the right spot, I'd use manual focus or spot focus if you have it on your camera.
I agree with the others about not using a bright light directly on the subject. Sometimes I find placing what I want to photo close to the natural light from a window (not in the direct light) can work.
If you are using autoexposure I'd use a neutral background rather than black. Black can fool the autoexposure balance unless you are using spot metering.
Thanks to everyone who helped me with good advice! I struggled a little more with some improvement but then handed it over to my niece who used her smart phone to take this shot! Wish I could take credit for the photo but it's enough to have been able to craft them :-)! They are 7mm triangular Oregon Sun Stones.
Another Month of working 2 jobs then all I'll be doing for work is part time teaching (2 classes per term). I have a lot of volunteer work but will still have more free time than I am comfortable with. I do want to start faceting project stones but am out of ideas on what to make and for whom? Any ideas out there anyone? An acknowledgement or achievement or thank you award perhaps??? If anyone has a thought about this don't hesitate to PM me! p.s. It looks like I'll be working until this summer, so I wouldn't have any free time until then for any projects.
I was given an unusual lemon colored quartz recently. So I had to try a different design idea on how to make it look more like a Dandelion than the last one I cut. It's 16mm round with 145 facets including the table. Not bad! I finished it last night and now have to wait for a sunny day to see it properly! I made the crown facets a little different in length and width to add to the randomness I see in Dandelions. I'm dedicating this design and stone to Emma. ! Hope you all like it!
My Great Aunt Lydia (I know, same disposition believe it or not!) made a Dandelion wine that on reflection was one of the best tasting wines I have ever had (and I've had a lot in my day! ). This is a single fermentation wine recipe, so not using any yeast nutrient just a white wine yeast. Easy to convert to a mead with the use of honey instead of sugar ! Good luck and I hereby declare that in no manner will I be held responsible for any behavior repercussions that may ensue from the making and partaking of this recipe. Especially on Mid-Summer's Day! Thank you and enjoy! Graykin
1 quart Dandelion blossoms without stems. 4 quarts spring water (or equivalent). 1 pound raisins (seedless) 3 pounds sugar (or equivalent in honey) 1 large orange (leave skin on) 1 lemon (leave skin on) 1 package white wine yeast
Place dandelion blossoms and 4 qts water in a kettle or dutch oven & boil 30 minutes. Strain to remove the blossoms, then strain through a cheesecloth into a large stone or glass crock. Let stand until it cools down, then add yeast to 1/2 cup very warm water until it is dissolved. Cut up the orange and lemon into small pieces then add to the dandelion mixture (in the crock) with the yeast, raisins and sugar. Let stand for 2 weeks stirring once daily and strain again through a cheesecloth until clear (probably several times). Add a cup of white rum or vodka. Pour into approx. 3 wine bottles, wait impatiently for 2 weeks and sample ! Keeps well in cool area for several years and gets remarkably better with age! 3 Months = very good, 6 months = even better! Good Luck!
Thanks for that recipe. I will try it when the Dandelions in the wild corners of my garden come back into flower. They stop flowering at ths time in the Summer (maybe the weather isn't right for them), then they start again later. It will also be something to try on those of my friends who bring along home-made Rhubarb wine and the like!
Traveling around a bit now! Finally ! Started a project with Richardson Ranch with faceting some of their rough from Brazil (mostly Amethyst and Citrine) and discovered some small pieces of a Velvet Obsidian from Mexico from an old and worked out mine! Beautiful colored Obsidian with swirls of patterns! (drool!) I'm going to work some as soon as I can get back home! I will post the pictures! (hope they come out well!)
Been working on these Velvet Obsidian pieces from Mexico. All of them are different from each other, some are just bluish, some green and purple and others only have color in some of their sections but, this is one that did come out well, so far anyway! I start teaching again at the local college in a week and this term they gave me 3 classes instead of 2. Sigh! So I better get done what I can now! (just finished installing a shallow well pump for the garden, at the end of the season also! ). Hope everyone likes the stone!