Distant Crucible

Back in February, I stayed at my Sister’s place and had access to a bunch of my Mother’s old knick-knacks including a bunch of colored glass vases, cups, and the like. This image was made by removing the lens from my camera, holding a red-glass jar over the body opening, aiming towards the sun, and shooting. The second and third images are modified with Adjust, B&W Effects, and layered with a couple of different blending modes. Nothing too special, but I thought the idea might be of interest to those who like to experiment.

The image reminded me of a faraway nebula set aglow as its core works to form a new star.

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Looks like sun flares. Especially the 2nd.

A very creative experiment and I love the results.

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Cool experiment and results I enjoyed the… thinking out of the box images.

an inspiration to us all to LOOK and EXPERIMENT rather than “spray and pray”

You did very we’ll to achieve this effect.

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The images I made were a mix of useless junk to interesting. Many of them will make decent textures. Some time ago I had checked a photography book out of the library, and it had a few chapters on doing stuff like this. I’ve also tried things like holding a magnifying glass in front of the open body; you can focus with it and get interesting effects. I’d like to get my hands on a smaller crystal ball to see what that’s like, or maybe triangular prism.

Here’s another image. I don’t recall what object I was shooting through, but this was one of a few where the object actually brought some of the scene into focus. The end result is like having a builtin texture overlay.

Original JPEG from the camera, just resized in Studio.

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No such thing as “junk”

where many of my “rejects” or “hold until later” go[quote=“ScottO, post:7, topic:3127”]
I’ve also tried things like holding a magnifying glass

Oh yes – break the rules – that’s why some Johnny-know-all wrote them 'cos he didn’t want you to be creative

Super image - hope we’ll see more of them

Keep up the wonderful art.