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6 Comments | Report
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Blue-Maddness April 16, 2016
Great shot!
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adavies November 20, 2017
Cool image! Nicely done! If you haven't done so already, please consider joining my Through the Looking Glass challenge:)
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acglock January 16, 2018
Lovely! I've been seeking out inspiration for glass ball photographs... awesome and fun tool!
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annakoperczak January 16, 2018
Thank you so much. It is a fun tool! Just be careful of direct sunlight reflecting through the glass.
WolfAvni July 18, 2018
WolfAvni July 18, 2018
murrayhelm April 14, 2019
this would be a great photo to enter my crystal ball challenge

Behind The Lens

This Photo was taken at a place known as "The Spot" - a photographers dream. It is in a local Metropark in Northwest Ohio and has gained much recognition on the internet for its wonderful location.While park officials are also enjoying the Instagram photos and the “fame” of The Spot, the real work of nature, is Oak Openings, Toledo’s largest metropark at about 5,000 acres and home to about 150 rare and endangered plant and animal species, oak savannas, wet prairies, and sand dunes. The acreage of pines in The Spot is manmade; it is part of about 700 acres in the park where rangers planted red, white, Scotch, and Austrian pines between the 1930s and 1950s to prevent erosion of the preserve’s sandy soil, which sometimes blew all the way into Toledo. An additional perk, the rangers thought then, was to use the trees as a source of income for the parks system by selling the evergreens as Christmas trees or timber. That never happened, and the trees grew to maturity. “So what you end up with is this very unusual theme … first, pine trees that do not grow naturally in northwest Ohio, and then to have them planted so close together in these nice, neat rows,”. “It’s not how we would conserve the area today, but we do see it as an important area, nonetheless, for its historical value more than its natural value.”
This was taken around 10 am.
The lighting was all natural. It was an overcast day. For this shot overcast was preferred.
I used a Nikon D3100 on a tripod set as low to the ground as possile with the camera facing up. I handheld an 80mm glass ball. I also used a remote trigger. As I held the ball up toward the sky, I allowed the camera to focus (just listened for motor sound) and then hit the remote button to trigger the shutter while holding the glass ball very still. This was shot with the 18-55 kit lens.
I was inspired by the location and the trees and wanting to try out using the glass ball.
Very little post processing was done. Some minor curve adjustment was all that was needed.
In my camera bag
Normally the D3100 camera body, three lenses two kits and a prime 50, cpl filter and microcloths. I like to go light on the bag weight.
Patience. It took several shots to get the alignment and focus I envisioned before taking the shot. Be creative with the glass ball images. The ball gets very hot in direct sunlight in just a few seconds it can burn you. This shot was taken when it was overcast so that wasn't an issue.

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