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Old Mar 22, 2012, 10:57 PM   #1
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One Sunday morning I was awake before dawn. So I decided to play around in the dark house, using an LED flashlight as my main light. My two subjects are small Swarovski crystal figurines.

Here the light is resting on the table, I was trying to get the multifaceted surfaces to break up the light into different colors, if I could. I like how this one came out:



I then moved the flashlight around while using a slow shutter speed, trying to minimize shadows. Somewhat to my surprise, it actually worked reasonably well.



I'm beginning to think that a small LED flashlight is going to end up living in my camera bag, what an excellent small, lightweight source of extra light. Not much experience with product type photography, but I love these figurines and I plan on spending more time trying out ideas for photographing them.
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Old Mar 23, 2012, 2:09 AM   #2
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Really like that first shot, mtngal! I've tried similar things with my crystal figures without success. Will try again! Thanks for posting these.
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Well done. I like them both.
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Beautiful shots, especially the first. I will accept these for the challenge even though I don't think Swarovsky crystal is actually glass. I think it is quartz. Someone please prove me wrong!! These photos definitely meet the intent of the challenge.

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Old Mar 23, 2012, 5:41 PM   #5
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It is definitely glass, not quartz, and not really crystal - some have a very high lead content, which my hubby noticed when we were unpacking some that had been my Mom's. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swarovski . When I was in Germany I bought quite a few figurines for reasonable prices. Got back to the States and didn't buy so many, though it was always a fun gift to give to my Mom. These two were two of hers.
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Calr:

Crystal is also primarily made of quartz just as regular glass is. However, regular glass uses calcium in the form of potash in the process. "Crystal" uses lead oxide to replace the calcium. "Crystal" is actually a misnomer for any type of glass as it is an amorphous form of quartz with impurities and lacks crystalline structure.

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Thanks for the information about glass - never knew what crystal glass had that regular glass didn't. Love all the things I learn around here.
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I like that first shot...pretty cool lighting effect.
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