I have a drawer at home filled with things I’ve gathered on trips that I think might be fun to play with. It is full of sea shells, miniature cars, and even hunks of glass. I found these chunks of glass at a rock and gem store new Zion National Park. I wish I would have picked up a few more. These pieces of glass reminded me of the glacier shots many photographers try to get in the Antartica. I tired to replicate some of that feeling in the comfort of my own home on a Saturday afternoon.
For the Glass Sunburst image above, I used a macro lens with an extension tube and a close-up lens. I played with lighting the glass using my $14 Target gooseneck desk lamp, and then decided to put it on an old light box. I slowly moved the glass back and forth until I saw an area of sharpness. This was key – I ended up throwing out most of my images that were “too abstract”. Having an area of sharpness helped. Lastly, I moved the glass around until I found an interesting angle.
For post-processing I kept it simple. I cleaned up any distracting elements and added a Curve adjustment for contrast. I also liked images that had less contrast, like in the Glass Glacier Ice image below.
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