I have this strange attraction to prisms. I have a homemade one about the size of a triangular football, that I have lugged all over the streets of San Francisco and Vegas (I received fewer perplexed stares in Vegas). I have purchased scientific prisms, children’s prisms (still my favorite), vintage prism lens filters, and am even considering buying prism glasses for rave parties and removing the lenses so I can hold them in front my my camera. For Christmas, I decided to get serious, and make an investment in proper prisms, so I purchased the Fractal Filters set of three.
These filters are serious……they are substantial, they come with their own carrying case, and they require hand strength to hold them. When I first started to use them, I was seriously frustrated. I couldn’t seem to make them work. The shape of one of them confused me, I had no idea what to do with it (its the one with the pie wedge cut through the side of it). I determined an experienced prism person, such as myself, would not take defeat so easily. So I decided to read “the instruction manual” on the getfractal.com site. It was very helpful in understanding my focus, lens, and aperture choices. I started to have better results. Still……these will take some time, and a spirit of spontaneity in terms of accepting what presents itself, rather than what you had in mind to capture.
Prism with clear center (note: I couldn’t get the prism pattern to fill the frame, so I created a composite to the edges of the image.)
Prism with pie wedge
I could not make the third prism work with my set-up. I will try again with a different setup, possibly outdoors with a strong single subject, and light source.